According to Jenny Craig’s Head of Human Resources Douglas Battista, leading integration and merger activities is a one-of-a-kind experience. Although the pressure can be intense, Battista appreciates the challenge of bringing different parties together for a common goal.
At its apex in 2008, Jenny Craig had welcomed popular celebrity endorsers Valerie Bertinelli and Kirstie Alley. The following years, however, were ones of decline for the brand. In 2013, Nestlé sold the company to private equity firm North Castle Partners. Douglas Battista says the
two companies needed to unity in order to create and develop the best wellness company on the market.
Currently, Jenny Craig is home to over 3500 employees in North America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Spain, Australia, France and the Netherlands. For Douglas Battista, his main priority is to lead the integration of Jenny Craig’s human capital systems, programs and structures. To that end, Battista has formulated an integration roadmap to further distinguish the important activities of the organization.