Rich Williams took over as CEO of Groupon in November 2015, after co-founder and current chairman Eric Lefkofsky stepped down from the chief executive role.
“A lot of people have told me that I’m taking over the reins of this company in a very dark time. Plenty have said that I’m nuts to take this on,” Williams wrote in a blog post last fall. “Without question, no one is handing us the keys to local with a big red bow tied around them. And while I’m shaking things up, I assure you that I’m not crazy. So I don’t look at this as a dark time. I look at this as a time to make things happen, faster.”
Williams became COO of the company in June 2016, just a few months before he was promoted to CEO. Before that, he served as president of Groupon North America and senior vice president of global marketing. He previously worked at Amazon.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.