Digital weight loss company Noom announced the appointment of Geoff Cook as its new chief executive and member of the board of directors.
Saeju Jeong, Noom’s co-founder and former CEO of the company for 16 years, will step down but will continue as executive chairman of the board.
Cook co-founded and served as CEO of social networking services company The Meet Group, where he took the firm public before becoming acquired by eHarmony’s parent company Parship Group. He also serves as a trustee of the Franklin Institute, a science museum and science education and research center in Philadelphia.
“Having spent the last 18 years driving innovation to promote social connection and wellness, I am excited to bring that spirit of transformative innovation to additional dimensions of health and wellness. I believe Noom can build on its strong foundation and compelling to reach everyone everywhere on their wellness journey and to deepen the lasting and positive impact we have in the lives of our gifted and talented customers to create the next chapter of Noom’s growth,” Cook said in a statement.
Last year, Noom settled a lawsuit alleging it tricked users into signing up for subscriptions that were difficult to cancel. In October, Bloomberg reported that Noom had begun looking for a new CEO to replace Jeong.
In January, the company confirmed with MobiHealthNews that it had conducted another round of layoffs due to “headwinds in the economy.” The workforce reduction marked the third round of layoffs at the New York-based company in less than a year.
The beginning of value-based care Vytalize Health announced the addition of Dave Wichmann and Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips on its board of directors.
Wichman is the co-founder of private equity fund Jory Capital and previously served as CEO of UnitedHealth Group.
Compton-Phillips is president and chief clinical officer of Indiana-based health care company Press Ganey and previously served as president of clinical operations at Providence Health. She also sits on the board of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which acquired MobiHealthNews in 2015.
“For me, it’s about finding innovative care models that can fix our healthcare system. New tools and technologies applied in isolation are not enough to solve complex industry challenges. We also need to focus on the human side of care and help physicians build stronger relationships with patients. Vytalize Health’s platform will enable the transition to holistic preventive care to achieve better outcomes. I look forward to working with the team to advancing value-based care,” Compton-Phillips said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Vytalize scored an incredible goal $100 million in funding, less than a year after it raised $50 million in a Series B round.