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“Take care of your employees. They’ll take care of your business.”

Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

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 well-being 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.

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Our Values

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.

One Team One Dream

We Deliver

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. Its 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 Deliver

Insatiably Curious

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.

Insatiably Curious

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.

Live and Breathe It

Seriously Fun

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.

Seriously Fun

Saddle Up

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 its 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.

Saddle Up

Virgin Pulse Careers

If you’re looking for a values-led business and a career that can change your life, then Virgin Pulse may be the right organization for you.

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Meet the Team

What drives our company’s success? Our people, of course. We have a top-notch team – some of the best in the industry – who carry out our mission every day. Meet our fearless leaders:

  • Chris Boyce

    CEO

    Chris Boyce

    CEO

    Chris Boyce is an accomplished technology entrepreneur who brings more than 20 years of consumer loyalty, enterprise, and consumer software experience to Virgin Pulse. He joined the company in 2006 as EVP, Product, Marketing, and Business Development. Soon after, Chris became Virgin Pulse’s CEO and joined the company’s board of directors. Leveraging Virgin’s philosophy that business should be a force for good, Chris’ leadership has been instrumental in guiding Virgin Pulse’s development of market-leading, technology-based products and services that help employers improve workforce health, boost employee engagement, and enhance corporate culture.

    Chris has a deep background in corporate and consumer loyalty programs – he was the co-founder and former VP of Business Development at Upromise, a 13 million-member online loyalty coalition and college savings account business. There, he built a business development team that now boasts the largest and most comprehensive partner coalition of any loyalty program in the U.S.  Before founding Upromise, Chris founded and served as director of the health care business unit at Trilogy Development Group in Austin, Texas.

    Chris has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • David Osborne

    President and COO

    David Osborne

    President and COO

    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 COO 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

    Chief Financial Officer

    Derek Ransom

    Chief Financial Officer

    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, 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.

  • Tom Sermon

    Chief Revenue Officer and President of Virgin Pulse International

    Tom Sermon

    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.

  • Wendy Werve

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Wendy Werve

    Chief Marketing Officer

    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.

  • Ron Hildebrandt

    SVP, Products

    Ron Hildebrandt

    SVP, Products

    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.

  • Richard Boylan

    SVP, Product Development & Technology

    Richard Boylan

    SVP, Product Development & Technology

    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 SVP, Product Development & Technology, Richard oversees 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.

  • Sarah Weatherhead

    General Counsel

    Sarah Weatherhead

    General Counsel

    Sarah Weatherhead brings more than 15 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.

Our Locations

As the #1 global wellbeing solution provider, Virgin Pulse supports 1.9 million members in 17 languages across 185 countries. With employee wellbeing experts located around the world, we help our clients build the ultimate employee experience.

Virgin Pulse Locations Map
Virgin Pulse Locations Map
  • Headquarters

    492 Old Connecticut Path
    Suite 601
    Framingham, MA 01701

    (508) 766 3300
  • Australia

    Level 2
    48 Cecil Street,
    Southbank, VIC 3006

    +61 3 9536 8181
  • UK

    Mortec Park, York Road,
    Leeds, West Yorkshire
    LS15 4TA

    +44 (0) 845 873 9304
  • Europe

    Zähringerstrasse 22
    8001 Zurich, Switzerland

    +41 (0) 44 723 10 70
  • New York

    242 W. 30th Street
    Suite 400
    New York, NY 10001

    (212) 239 0970
  • San Francisco

    300 Broadway
    Suite 12
    San Francisco, CA 94133

    (415) 343 6548 
  • Rhode Island

    111 Chestnut St
    Providence, RI 02903

    (401) 274 1577
  • Wisconsin

    425 W Water St STE 200
    Appleton WI 54911

  • Canada

    Suite #604
    174 Spadina Ave
    Toronto, Ontario, M5T2C2

    (416) 304 9500
  • Singapore

    The Working Capitol
    1 Keong Saik Rd,
    Singapore, 089109

    +65 6805 4018 +65 9055 4854
  • Brazil

    Rua Rio Negro, 1.065, Barroca, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    (+55) 31 2516 2488

Putting research to work to help employees and companies thrive.

Founded in 2014, the Virgin Pulse Institute is an evidence-based organization that conducts research and advances knowledge on workforce topics like health, well-being, and employee engagement.

Reaching way beyond ROI studies, The Institute collaborates with leading researchers and other organizations to identify scalable, data-driven, consumer-centric solutions to the top workplace issues facing companies today.

Science Advisory Board

We’ve brought together the best and brightest minds across key fields that impact well-being. Our Science Advisory Board helps ensure our technology and overall well-being experiences are rooted in the most relevant scientific evidence and best practices.

Meet our internationally recognized academics, experts, and professionals:

  • David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

    David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

    Founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Immediate Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder/Director of the True Health Initiative

    David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM is the founding director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Immediate Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder/Director of the True Health Initiative established to help convert what we know about lifestyle as medicine into what we do about it, in the service of adding years to lives and life to years around the globe.  Katz directed the development of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index® used in the NuVal® nutritional guidance system, the world’s most robustly validated nutrient profiling system.  He is the Founder (2016) and CEO of DQPN™, LLC, a start-up company developing a highly innovative approach to assessing dietary intake, and providing dietary coaching.

    Katz earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993).  He completed sequential residency training in Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He has received two Honorary Doctorates, and holds an appointment as adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

    He holds 5 U.S. patents with other patents pending, and has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both Preventive Medicine, and nutrition. Recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, he has a social media following of well over 700,000.

     

  • Susan David, Ph.D

    Susan David, Ph.D

    Award-Winning Harvard Medical School psychologist; Author of "Emotional Agility"

    Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television. Her acclaimed new book, Emotional Agility, based on the concept that Harvard Business Review heralded a Management Idea of the Year and selected by Amazon as a “Best Book in Leadership and Business”, describes the psychological skills that are critical to thriving in today’s world of complexity and change. Named on the Thinkers50 Radar list of people shaping the future of organizations and management, Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, EY, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and many other national and multinational organizations. Her focus is on defining and executing effective people strategies, particularly in the areas of employee engagement, high-performance leadership, and organizational culture change. Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate), and on the Scientific Advisory Board of Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. Susan is also on the core faculty of the extraordinary global program Homeward Bound which culminates in an all-women expedition to Antarctica and is being filmed as a documentary. The program aims at increasing the influence and impact of women in the sciences. Originally from South Africa, Susan lives outside of Boston with her family.

  • Dr. David C. Batman MSc, MB.ChB., D.R.C.O.G., D.I.H., MFOM, FFOM

    Dr. David C. Batman MSc, MB.ChB., D.R.C.O.G., D.I.H., MFOM, FFOM

    Dr David Batman has been a registered medical practitioner in the UK for over 40 years. He started work as a General Practitioner and has always recognised the importance of patient lifestyle affecting health risks. However, after trying to get his patients to adopt health lifestyles he recognised the vast majority wanted a quick solution via either prescription or operation. He also became very aware of the relationship between work and health which is not a major part of Drs training and took a decision to move medical speciality

    He left General Practice in 1988 and retrained as a Specialist Consultant in Occupational Medicine gaining his higher qualifications and has been awarded a Fellowship by his UK Professional body. He spent 20 years as Head of Occupational Health, Safety and Employee Wellbeing for Nestle in the UK and Ireland and has special interests in mental health at work, risk assessments, rehabilitation and resettlement of employees. He has been part of a number of UK Government employee health committees.

    He has advised other major businesses including Marks and Spencer, Novartis, Manchester Airports Authority, P&O Ferries. For the last 10 years he has been CMO for the GCC – now part of VP, and also now runs his own consultancy and advises a multitude of small organisations on helping employees at work with health problems.

    David is married with three grown up children and four grandchildren He remains active, loves to travel the world, an active gardener and cook and an avid reader.

  • BJ Fogg, Ph.D.

    BJ Fogg, Ph.D.

    Director of the Persuasive Tech Lab - Stanford University

    Behavior Change & Habit Formation
    BJ Fogg, PhD, directs the Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford University. A behavior scientist and innovator, Fogg conducted the first-ever series of experiments on how computers can influence people. His research was awarded Stanford’s Maccoby Prize and spawned an annual international conference.

    Each year Fogg creates a new course to teach at Stanford, with topics ranging from mobile persuasion to health habits. His students have gone on to create successful digital products, including Instagram, that millions of people use every day.

    Fogg’s breakthrough models and methods for changing behavior led to new field called Behavior Design. Industry innovators learn to apply Fogg’s methods in his two-day “Behavior Design Boot Camp.”

    He is the author of Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do, the first book to explain how technology can be designed to influence people. Fortune selected Fogg as one of 10 “New Gurus You Should Know.”

    In the past 4 years Fogg has personally coached over 30,000 in his behavior change method called “Tiny Habits.”

    For more info see bjfogg.org and captology.stanford.edu

  • Ron Z. Goetzel, Ph.D

    Ron Z. Goetzel, Ph.D

    Senior Scientist and Director, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Vice President, Consulting and Applied Research
Truven Health Analytics

    Analytics and Research
    Ron Goetzel wears two hats.  He is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for Truven Health Analytics.  The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions, and bringing health and productivity management issues into academia.  Before moving to Johns Hopkins, Dr. Goetzel was on the faculty at Emory and Cornell Universities.  Dr. Goetzel is responsible for leading innovative research projects for healthcare purchaser, managed care, government, and pharmaceutical clients interested in conducting cutting-edge research focused on the relationship between health and well-being, medical costs, and work-related productivity.  He is a nationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research.  Dr. Goetzel has published well over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums.

    Dr. Goetzel served as principal investigator (PI) for a project sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) focused on obesity prevention at the workplace.  He was PI for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Senior Risk Reduction Demonstration, New Opportunities for Healthy Aging in Medicare initiatives, and other demonstrations focused on Cancer Prevention and Treatment for Ethnic and Racial Minorities, Chiropractic Care, Vision Rehabilitation, and Health Improvement Incentive Structures for Medicaid Beneficiaries.  He also served as PI for the Federal Employee Worksite Health and Wellness Initiative administered by the Office of Personnel Management.  For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Goetzel was PI for a New York City-based project supporting collaboration between the private and public sectors directed at employer health promotion programs.  He was PI on a CDC Cooperative Agreement focused on promoting health policy and disease prevention, with a specific task related to estimating the cost burden of vaccine-preventable diseases in adults (Zoster).

    As PI for a study funded by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and with close cooperation of the CDC, Dr. Goetzel identified the characteristics of promising practices in workplace health and productivity management programs.  He also worked with the Department of Defense (DoD) on two health promotion and resilience training demonstrations for the U.S. Army and Air Force.  He is now supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense in measuring the impact of the Healthy Base Initiative focused on managing obesity and tobacco use in the military.