CFO and COO Henning Rönneberg leaves ParshipMeet Group after more than 15 successful years

  • Departure at his own request and on the best of mutual terms as of 8 April 
  • Significant contribution to the long-term growth and internationalization of the company 
  • Deputy CFO and SVP Group Finance David Lorbacher takes over CFO duties on an interim basis 

Hamburg, 20 March 2024. After more than 15 years with the company, CFO and COO Henning Rönneberg is leaving ParshipMeet Group as of 8 April at his own request and on the best of mutual terms in order to devote himself to new matters. 

Since 2008, Rönneberg has played a key role in growing ParshipMeet Group from a one-brand company (formerly Parship) to one of the three leading international Online Dating providers operating eight brands worldwide. During this time, he has been instrumental in driving the acquisitions of ElitePartner, eharmony, and The Meet Group as well as the subsequent integrations and thus the company’s successful buy-and-build strategy. In addition, he has recently made the company’s internal processes and structures fit for the capital market. David Lorbacher, Deputy CFO and SVP Group Finance, will take over his CFO duties on an interim basis. 

Bert Habets, Chairman of the Executive Board (Group CEO) of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and Chairman of the Advisory Board of ParshipMeet Group: “Together with the management team, Henning Rönneberg has made key contributions to the positive development and sustainable growth of our Dating and Video segment over 15 years. I would like to thank Henning on behalf of ProSiebenSat.1 and continue to wish him all the best for his future. At the same time, I look forward to continuing to work with Marc Schachtel, CEO ParshipMeet Group, and his team.” 

Marc Schachtel, CEO ParshipMeet Group: “I regret that Henning is leaving us, but I respect his decision to, after 15 successful years, set other priorities going forward. Working together with Henning for almost 13 years and the great level of trust that shaped our cooperation has been a huge benefit for me personally. I will always remember his contribution to the success of our company as well as his professional advice and his understanding of leadership based on partnership. I would like to thank Henning most sincerely for this on behalf of all our employees.” 

Henning Rönneberg, CFO and COO ParshipMeet Group: “More than 15 years ago, I started a fantastic journey at ParshipMeet Group. I am proud to have contributed to the company’s success story over many years as part of an outstanding team. ParshipMeet Group is in good hands with its leadership team, so this is a good time for me to move on. I would like to thank ProSiebenSat.1 and General Atlantic for the many years of successful cooperation and wish Marc Schachtel and the entire ParshipMeet Group team nothing but the best.” 

Henning Rönneberg joined Parship in 2008 as CFO after holding positions at, among others, Bertelsmann, Axel Springer, and Infineon, and took on additional roles as a member of the Management Board and COO in 2012. Since 2020, he has been CFO of the newly formed ParshipMeet Group, where he was additionally named COO last year. During his 15 years with the company, revenues increased from EUR 54 million to EUR 434 million (2023 financial year) while the number of employees grew from 169 to 535. Rönneberg also played a key role in various successful exits and shareholder changes, from Holtzbrinck Publishing (until 2015) to Oakley Capital (2015 to 2018) to ProSiebenSat.1 and General Atlantic (2016 to date). 

Media contact: 

Christian Steinhof
Vice President Corporate Communications
Fon: +49.40.460026242

About ParshipMeet Group: 

ParshipMeet Group is one of the leading international providers in Dating and Video. The company’s Dating segment consists of internationally successful, well-known, and established brands that complement each other geographically and in terms of their target groups. In addition to the English-language platform eharmony (USA, Canada, UK, Australia), these include the two matchmaking brands Parship (Europe) and ElitePartner (DACH region) as well as the dating app LOVOO (Europe). The Video segment includes the globally available social entertainment platforms MeetMe, Skout, Tagged, and GROWLr. In 2023, ParshipMeet Group had 535 employees and recorded revenues of EUR 434 million, more than half of which was generated in the U.S. The company, headquartered in Hamburg (Germany), is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Group, which holds a 52 percent stake in ParshipMeet Group.