ODA announces appointment of Gitte Bendzulla to its Board of Directors
We are pleased to announce that Gitte Bendzulla, General Counsel & Managing Director of Spark Networks has been co-opted to the ODA board.
Confirming the appointment, ODA Chairman Duncan Cunningham said:
“On behalf of my colleagues I would like to welcome Gitte to the board of the ODA. With our international expansion Gitte’s appointment will greatly support our drive in this area. As the recognised voice for the dating industry we continue to focus on standards, guidance and good practices that demonstrate the seriousness with which the dating sector takes its responsibilities, and sharing this information when regulation and policy issues come up that affect the sector. Gitte’s role within Spark Networks and her experience in dealing with government and regulators will support this work on an international level.”
Gitte Bendzulla said:
“The ODA is a vital part of making the online dating sector more secure for everyone, and I’m delighted to be joining the board. Their commitment to user safety creates better, bolder industry standards, and closely aligns with our company values at Spark Networks. I look forward to collaborating with this essential organisation and contributing to their international expansion.”
About the ODA
The ODA was set up in 2014 to develop and maintain standards that give users assurance and ensure businesses trade responsibly. It seeks also to inform policy makers and to promote messages to users that minimise the risk of harm.
About Spark Networks
Spark Networks is America's second largest dating company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange American under the ticker symbol "LOV," with headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and offices in New York and Utah. The company's widening portfolio of premium and freemium dating apps includes Zoosk, EliteSingles, Christian Mingle, Jdate, SilverSingles, eDarling and JSwipe among others. Spark Networks SE in its current form is the result of the merger between Affinitas GmbH and Spark Networks, Inc. in 2017 and the addition of Zoosk, Inc. in 2019. Spark has over one million monthly paying subscribers globally.