Mr. Kirchhoff very recently left his role as Chief Executive Officer of Weight Watchers International, Inc., the world's leading provider of weight management services. In this role, Mr. Kirchhoff oversaw a network of more than 54,000 employees and service providers around the world who attended to approximately 1.2 million members and over 45,000 Weight Watchers meetings. Mr. Kirchhoff was also part of the original start-up team that created WeightWatchers.com, which ultimately became a highly successful paid-for internet content model with well over 1 million active Weight Watchers Online subscribers around the world.
Mr. Kirchhoff is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, "Weight Loss Boss" (Rodale).
Mr. Kirchhoff's business philosophy is grounded in the belief that preventive health issues such as obesity are achievable and can be realized through a combination of smart governance, industry support and community empowerment.
Prior to taking on the role of CEO in January 2007, Mr. Kirchhoff served as President and CEO of WWI since 2006. Mr. Kirchhoff has held several leadership positions within the company, including Chief Operating Officer for Europe and Asia. Mr. Kirchhoff was part of the original management team of WeightWatchers.com, Inc., and ultimately became its CEO. Mr. Kirchhoff was also the Chief Financial Officer of the Enthusiast Media Group of Primedia, Inc., a print and digital content provider; Director of Corporate Strategy and Development for Pepsico, Inc.; and a manager and consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kirchhoff holds a B.S. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an M.B.A. with High Honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.