Management Team

Managing Directors
Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer & Director of the Board

Jeronimo Folgueira has been Chief Executive Officer of Spark Networks (formerly Affinitas GmbH) since October 1, 2015. Before joining Spark Networks, Jeronimo held several senior management positions at a number of other companies, including as Managing Director, International at Betfair plc (now Paddy Power Betfair plc) from 2014 to 2015, Managing Director at Bigpoint S.a.r.l. from 2011 to 2014 and Senior Strategy Executive at RTL Group from 2008 to 2011. Jeronimo started his career as an investment banking analyst for Lehman Brothers (2003 – 2005) and also worked at Citigroup (2005 – 2006). He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Navarra, Spain.

Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer

Robert W. O’Hare joined Spark Networks in 2015 from Square, Inc., where he served as Corporate Finance & Investor Relations Lead since 2013. Prior to Square, he was Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Pandora Media, Inc. from 2010 to 2013. Prior to Pandora, he held financial roles at Spitfire Capital (2009 – 2010), Spectrum Equity Investors (2006 – 2009) and Thomas Weisel Partners (2004 – 2006). Rob received his B.S. from Georgetown University and is a CFA charter holder.

Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Michael Schrezenmaier has been Chief Operating Officer of Spark Networks (formerly Affinitas GmbH) since September 2012. Before joining Spark Networks, Michael worked at Kuehne + Nagel, an international logistics company, from 2008 to 2012. Michael started his career as an analyst at European Founders Fund, Germany, where he worked in 2008. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance and Accounting from WHU-Otto-Beisheim School of Management, Germany.

Senior Management
Chief Technology Officer

Benjamin Hoskins has been Chief Technology Officer for Spark Networks (formerly Affinitas GmbH) in Berlin since January 2017. Prior to joining Spark Networks, Ben worked with OLX (registered as PT Tokabagus) in Indonesia as Chief Technology Officer and Acting Chief Product Officer from May 2015 until December 2016. Ben served as Head of Product Development Europe for eBay UK Ltd. from February 2012 until April 2015. He was previously an Principal Agile Consultant, and, in parallel, as Head of Product Development at Emergn, where he worked from January 2008 until February 2012.

Chief Marketing Officer

Luciana Telles started at Spark Networks as Chief Marketing Officer in January 2019, having earned her stripes through a variety of managerial and strategic marketing roles at Rocket Internet’s Westwing Home & Living (2012-2014), WorldRemit (2014 -2017), and Uniplaces (2017-2018). Her experience spans a broad spectrum of Marketing, Communications and Sales expertise, including brand building, integrated marketing strategy, business development, and strategic partnerships. Luciana has international exposure to global markets, having worked in both developed and developing countries, and for a variety of tech companies; from FinTech to RecTech to PropTech – and now in Online Dating.

General Counsel

Gitte Bendzulla has been the General Counsel of Spark Networks since November 2018. Before joining Spark Networks, Gitte held several senior legal positions on a European and global scale with Juniper Networks, APM Terminals, Eaton Industries and the SITA Suez group. Gitte started her career at the German-based law firm Graf von Westphalen in 2004. She is admitted to the German bar and holds a master’s degree from the University of Bayreuth, as well as a bachelor’s degree obtained in Berlin.

HR Director

Fabienne Riener joined Spark Networks as Human Resources Director in October 2017. Prior to that, Fabienne held the position of COO / Managing Director at Sourcefabric from 2012 until 2017. From 2007 until 2012, Fabienne worked at Superkrush Films Ltd in the UK, initially as Production Manager, later as Head of Production & Operations and from 2010 as Managing Director. She holds a master’s degree in Cultural Management from Northumbria University and received an accreditation as psychotherapeutic counsellor in 2015.