Dallas-based Match Group has found its match to lead OkCupid, the dating app that uses a high-tech algorithm to connect people based on deeper issues such as beliefs and interests.
The company announced that Ariel Charytan has been named CEO of OkCupid, effectively immediately.
He succeeds Elie Seidman, who Match recently named as CEO of Tinder.
“OKCupid provides a truly unique user experience based on helping people connect on what really matters,” Charytan said in a release. “These principles resonate now more than ever, so it’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining the team.”
CHARYTAN HAS HISTORY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Charytan comes to OKCupid from Audible, an Amazon company, where he was senior vice president. Charytan has more than two decades of experience developing and innovating consumer brands, according to Match.
Before working for Amazon, Charytan was a co-founder and chief product officer at Oyster.com, which was acquired by TripAdvisor in 2013.
“Ariel is one of those rare individuals who has a rich entrepreneurial track record as well as a disciplined approach to execution and management, making him a perfect fit for OkCupid,” said Amarnath Thombre, CEO of Match Group Americas, in the release.
More than 57 million daters have used OkCupid since it was founded by in 2004. Match Group bought OkCupid, which is headquartered in New York City, in 2011.
Match operates a portfolio of websites including Tinder, Match, PlentyOfFish, OkCupid, OurTime, Meetic, and Pairs. Its dating products are offered in 42 languages across more than 190 countries.
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