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Groupon Announces CFO Transition

Jiri Ponrt appointed as CFO

Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN), a leading destination for local services & experiences, today announced the appointment of Jiri Ponrt as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Ponrt will succeed Damien Schmitz in that capacity and will become a member of the company’s Leadership Team. Mr. Ponrt intends to relocate to Chicago.

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Jiri Ponrt has been appointed to the role of Groupon's Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. (Photo: Business Wire)

Jiri Ponrt has been appointed to the role of Groupon's Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. (Photo: Business Wire)

Jiri Ponrt is joining Groupon from Pale Fire Capital, prior to which he served as CFO at one of the largest e-commerce players in Central and Eastern Europe with an annual turnover of $2 billion. Before this he spent 15 years at Danone/Nutricia, where he gained extensive experience both in a variety of financial and commercial roles.

“Jiri is a highly regarded CFO with an impressive track record of partnering with business leaders to successfully utilize financial data to inform operational decision making and strategy,” said Dušan Šenkypl, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Groupon. “A key part of his role will be to significantly improve internal processes, controls and financial reporting. Beyond his financial credentials, Jiri has the necessary leadership and communication skills to translate detailed information into clear, concise and accessible messaging, a vital skill as we look to unlock Groupon’s full potential and super-charge our transformation. I am excited to welcome Jiri to the management team. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Damien for over 10 years of service and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

“I am delighted to be joining Dušan and the team as they continue on their journey to make Groupon the leading destination for local services & experiences,” said Mr. Ponrt. “Following our January restructuring announcement and significant reduction of our fixed cost structure, it is time to accelerate our transformation from this solid base. Our focus will continue to be on operational excellence, embedding financial rigor throughout the business, streamlining and simplifying internal processes and providing decision support to key functions. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to working with the wider team to successfully execute our growth strategy and deliver the company’s transformation program.”

About Jiri Ponrt

Jiri Ponrt is joining Groupon from Pale Fire Capital, Groupon’s largest shareholder that holds approximately 22% of shares outstanding. Pale Fire is an entrepreneurial investment firm with ~$1 billion in AUM and two established investment strategies in technology private equity and global macro hedge fund. Its private equity portfolio includes ~30 B2C and marketplace companies. Prior to Pare Fire Capital, Jiri served as CFO at, one of the biggest e-commerce players in CEE with an annual turnover of $2 billion. In conjunction with his appointment as Groupon CFO, Jiri will be stepping down from day-to-day responsibilities at Pale Fire Capital.

About Groupon

Groupon ( (NASDAQ: GRPN) is a trusted local marketplace where consumers go to buy services and experiences that make life more interesting and deliver boundless value. To find out more about Groupon, please visit

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