Virgin Pulse Company Overview
Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, designs technology that cultivates good lifestyle habits for your employees. Configured to complement your culture, our technology, and the overall wellbeing experience we deliver, drives superior outcomes for your people and your business.
Virgin – one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands – is known for creating unrivaled consumer experiences. Conceived in 1970 by Branson, the brand believes in insatiable curiosity, smart disruption, heartfelt service, and delightful experiences.
We take those values to heart at Virgin Pulse. We drive more meaningful habits, for more employees, than anyone else. And we’re proud to say we’re changing lives.
Jobs at Virgin Pulse
President and CEO
David Osborne is a seasoned business technology leader with more than 20 years’ experience in global sales, operations, transformation planning, execution and M&A. He brings deep experience in operations, strategic growth, and executive management and a proven record of helping organizations successfully integrate, operationalize, and scale their businesses.
As President and CEO of Virgin Pulse, Dave is responsible for streamlining, optimizing, and scaling Virgin Pulse as the company continues its aggressive growth strategy and solidifies its position as the largest workplace wellbeing company in the world.
A former NCAA Division I golfer, Dave has seen and experienced, firsthand, that investing in building healthy habits and skills pays significant dividends in driving performance and long term success, personally and professionally. He is a firm believer in Virgin Pulse’s ability to help organizations drive business outcomes that matter by empowering and supporting employees across all aspects of their personal and professional wellbeing.
Prior to joining Virgin Pulse, Osborne was the COO at Drillinginfo, which provides data software to the oil and gas industry, where he was instrumental in developing the company’s operating model and product growth strategy. Prior to Drillinginfo, Osborne served as Managing Director of Vista Consulting Group, where he helped Vista portfolio companies develop strategies to drive growth and improve operations while accelerating business outcomes. During his tenure he helped acquire, transform, and integrate over 30 companies.
Dave holds an an MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business and an undergraduate degree in Finance.
Derek Ransom is a seasoned finance executive with deep experience in driving great growth in start-up technology businesses. In 2010, Derek became Virgin Pulse’s CFO and joined the company’s board of directors. Derek applies Virgin’s ‘screw business as usual’ philosophy to accelerate the company’s growth and drive shareholder value. Derek not only looks after all finance activities, he also oversees anything legal and HR-related. He keeps the company in compliance and ensures Virgin Pulse is a great place to work.
Before joining Virgin Pulse, Derek was instrumental in leading several major transactions, including the acquisition of Logoworks by Hewlett Packard and the sale of Upromise to SallieMae. At Logoworks, Derek served as VP of Finance. There, he worked with some leading bankers such as Benchmark Capital and Shasta Ventures on the Logoworks acquisition. After that transaction, Derek joined Hewlett Packard to continue driving the growth and success of Logoworks. Derek also served as Director, Financial Planning & Analysis at Upromise. There, he helped the company become profitable and grow to over $100 million in annual revenue.
Derek has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rajiv Kumar, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer and President of Virgin Pulse Institute
Rajiv Kumar serves as Chief Medical Officer and President of Virgin Pulse Institute, which provides Virgin Pulse clients with cutting-edge Value-on-Investment (VOI) studies and promotes research on health, wellbeing and employee engagement. Dr. Rajiv Kumar’s responsibilities also include overseeing the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board and the organization’s analytics team.
Dr. Kumar joined Virgin Pulse in 2016, following the company’s acquisition of ShapeUp, an employee wellbeing company that he founded in 2006. As CEO of ShapeUp, he led the growth of the company from a two-person, dorm-room startup to a global company with over 100 employees, 800 customers, and 2 million participants around the world. During his time at ShapeUp, he pioneered new approaches to leveraging social connections to enhance employee health and wellbeing and co-authored several peer-reviewed studies on the relationship between social networks and healthy behavior.
Dr. Kumar earned his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has focused his career on prevention, public health, and innovation in health care. He also received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Brown University.
Chief Revenue Officer and President of Virgin Pulse International
As Chief Revenue Officer and President of Virgin Pulse International, Tom is responsible for driving Virgin Pulse’s global growth and expansion across organizations that share our values and passion for inspiring employees towards meaningful, sustainable health and behavior change. Tom knows, based on research and experience, that engaging employees directly in improving their health is key to strengthening corporate cultures, building employment brands and helping organizations develop high-performing organizations that drive meaningful and measurable business outcomes.
Prior to Virgin Pulse, Tom served as CEO of Global Corporate Challenge (GCC), which merged with Virgin Pulse in 2016. At GCC, he was responsible for guiding the organization towards its goal of changing the lives of a million people in a single year
Tom’s leadership draws on seven years in senior management at Nestle, the world’s largest food and nutrition company, and his understanding of what drives consumers’ choices on what they put in their bodies.
His passionate dedication to Virgin Pulse’s mission is built on his degree in biological sciences from Oxford University.
A father of two and keen runner, Tom is motivated by the vision of a world that understands that the keys to health and happiness are the little choices we make, not the pills or potions we take.
Richard Boylan has spent more than 15 years in technology leadership roles. He joined Virgin Pulse as a member of the founding leadership team in 2004. As Virgin Pulse’s Chief Operating Officer, Richard oversees all product and technical development, build, implementation, and operations for all Virgin Pulse’s products.
Richard’s been with the Virgin Group for more than a decade, and he’s worked on a number of Web-centric, technology-focused start-ups for various Virgin businesses. He led IT and Operations for Virgin Cars and Bikes, a UK-based car, truck, and bike retailer, which quickly became the largest online vehicle retailer in Europe. He also developed an operational and technical strategy for a Virgin-branded, pan-European car rental business, and planned and implemented a group-wide telecom and data strategy. Before joining the Virgin Group, Richard served as European Infrastructure and Database Manager for RL Polk.
Richard has an honors degree in business studies and information management from Liverpool University in the UK.
Ron Hildebrandt brings over 13 years’ experience building and marketing SaaS software products that improve employee productivity and well-being. Ron joined Virgin Pulse in 2013. As SVP, Products, Ron is responsible for the product strategy and delivery of Virgin Pulse’s enterprise wellness products, including its SaaS portal, mobile apps, and personal tracking devices.
Ron came to Virgin Pulse from Enkata, a successful, venture-backed Bay Area analytics and performance management company that he co-founded in 2001. There, Ron served as EVP and oversaw all product and customer-facing functions and led Enkata’s rapid growth. Ron has extensive experience bringing innovative products to market and ensuring that they solve mission-critical problems. Ron is passionate about increasing the competitiveness of companies by improving the brainpower and the health of their employees.
Ron has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Wendy brings more than 20 years of experience developing, leading and executing growth-focused marketing strategies for a diverse range of technology, B2B and SaaS software companies, from startup to IPO, mid-market to $1 billion+. She joined Virgin Pulse in 2015 as Chief Marketing Officer and is responsible for accelerating the company’s growth, expanding Virgin Pulse’s brand awareness, driving demand for the company’s personalized health, wellbeing and engagement solutions, and connecting the touch points with Virgin Pulse customers and users to ensure a consistent and positive experience. She leads overall marketing initiatives and operations, including demand generation, field marketing, corporate communications, brand and product marketing.
Prior to Virgin Pulse, Wendy served as Vice President of Global Marketing at SumTotal Systems, a leading human resources (HR) and talent management software provider, where she was responsible for elevating SumTotal’s brand and scaling the company’s global marketing strategy prior to its acquisition by Skillsoft. She brings extensive experience implementing marketing strategies that have propelled impressive growth for a number of market leading enterprise software companies, including Metastorm (OpenText), Plateau Systems (SuccessFactors/SAP), Appian, and webMethods (Software AG), which today remains one of the most successful software IPOs in NASDAQ history.
Wendy earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
Sarah Weatherhead brings more than 18 years experience across both law firms and technology companies to her role as in-house legal counsel at Virgin Pulse. She joined the company in 2013 and is responsible for the company’s worldwide legal matters, including commercial negotiations, intellectual property, corporate compliance, privacy matters, and litigation.
Sarah came to Virgin Pulse from Jive Software. There, she was Senior Corporate Counsel, responsible for commercial transactions in both the U.S. and Europe, as well as IP and marketing issues. Prior to Jive, Sarah was with Art Technology Group before its acquisition by Oracle.
Sarah has a law degree from Fordham University of Law.
ONE TEAM ONE DREAM
We all share one dream, united and driven. We're one team because we respect, trust and care for each other. We're on a mission to change the world for good, and we'll only achieve a goal as big as this together. That's why when we ask for help, we know we'll get it.
We fail together. We learn together. We succeed together.
Our word is our reputation. We live or die by it. If we say we'll be there, we'll be there. On time and committed. We go above and beyond to deliver to our clients, our members and to each other. We take employers' most precious resources - their people - and deliver them back, better than ever, ready to perform at their best. It's a huge privilege and an even bigger responsibility.
When it comes to what we do, how we do it and how we treat each other - others make promises, we deliver.
We don't wait to be told - we're hungry to find a better way to get the job done. We share our ideas, however big or small, because we know that even small changes can achieve big results. We ask the hard questions to find the right answers. By finding the 'why', then we discover the 'how', even if that means turning everything on its head, upside down and inside out.
If there's a better, faster, simpler way to make things happen, we'll find it.
LIVE AND BREATHE IT
To be authentic and genuine in who we are and what we do, we need to live and breathe it. We need to show our clients and members what a culture of health and engagement really looks like. And it starts with you. Organize that walking meeting. Head to the gym at lunch. Sleep well, eat well. It's what gives you the energy and clarity of mind to get the best out of every day.
Because when we 'do', they follow. Our clients, our friends, and our families. Lead the revolution.
If changing the world is our destination, then getting there is half the fun. We love the serious work of improving the health and cultures of our clients, but if we can't have fun along the way, we're missing our own point. We put in the hard work, and we celebrate the wins - big and small.
Laughter is the music that fills the office and keeps the dance floor buzzing. And that's why our clients and members want to join the party.
We thrive when we're challenged and we're not afraid to take risks. Because courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. Sometimes it's the tough conversations with our colleagues and our clients that get the best results. We're straight talkers - considered and considerate.
We're bold giving feedback, and brave accepting it, up and down the line.