James R. Chambers began his new appointment as president and chief operating officer of Weight Watchers International in early January. His responsibilities include overseeing global business operations and WeightWatchers.com businesses.

Chambers moved to this position after serving as president of the U.S. Snacks and Confectionary business unit and general manager of the Immediate Consumption Channel of Kraft Foods, Inc. Earlier he was president and CEO of the North America business unit of Cadbury, plc. Chambers has also held senior management and executive level positions at other consumer-focused global industries in the past.

Chambers earned his BSE in civil engineering from Princeton in 1979. Two years later he earned an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.