Chelsea Grayson

Chelsea Grayson

Eric Eichmann Praised For His Work

BERLIN, Dec. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Spark Networks SE (NASDAQ: LOV), a leading social dating platform for meaningful relationships, announced the appointment of current Board of Directors Vice Chair Chelsea A. Grayson as interim Chief Executive Officer, effective today.

"Chelsea's rare mix of executive leadership, consumer brand, operational knowhow, and deep familiarity with the company and our products makes her the ideal leader to take Spark Networks forward at this time," Board Chair Colleen Birdnow Brown said.

Eric Eichmann has stepped down to spend more time with family and explore future opportunities. Ms. Brown commended Mr. Eichmann for his work, "We are especially appreciative of Eric's successful leadership and contributions through a difficult period for the company over the last three years and thank him for all of his work on the ongoing strategic alternatives review."

Ms. Grayson, who will be Spark Networks' first woman CEO, said, "The exceptional array of our brands, along with our diverse global user base, combine to position the company to seize an ever-greater share of the social dating platform industry and facilitate truly important relationships for our consumers."

The former CEO of True Religion, a designer jeans and clothing company, as well as clothing company American Apparel, Ms. Grayson has a multi-decade career as a board member for a range of technology, consumer-facing, and wellness companies, a law firm partner, and an in-house general counsel.

"I'm thrilled to work with our team as the interim CEO to unlock the full potential of all of our assets," Ms. Grayson said, "including by using capital more beneficially across marketing channels and by driving internal operational improvements."

About Spark Networks SE

Spark Networks SE (NASDAQ: LOV) is a leading social dating platform for meaningful relationships focusing on the 40+ demographic and faith-based affiliations. Spark's portfolio of premium and freemium dating apps include Zoosk, EliteSingles, SilverSingles, Christian Mingle, Jdate, and JSwipe, among others. Spark is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, with offices in New York and Utah.

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MKR Investor Relations, Inc.

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