Planet Fitness Announces Leadership Transition
Craig Benson Appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer, Effective Immediately
HAMPTON, N.H., Sept. 15, 2023 // PRNewswire // - Planet Fitness, Inc. today announced that Craig R. Benson, a member of the Company's Board of Directors, has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Benson's appointment follows the decision by the Board to transition to new leadership, resulting in Chris Rondeau's departure as the Company's CEO. Rondeau will continue to serve as a member of the Company's Board of Directors and will be nominated for re-election at the Company's 2024 Annual Meeting. Rondeau will continue to serve the Company in an advisory role as contemplated under his existing agreements with the Company to help ensure a smooth transition.
In connection with this transition, the Board is engaging a leading executive search firm to assist in a comprehensive search process to identify a permanent CEO, with both internal and external candidates being considered.
"As we enter the next chapter of Planet Fitness' journey, the Board felt that now was the right time to transition leadership," said Stephen Spinelli, Jr. (Ph.D.), Chairman of the Board. "As a Board member and Planet Fitness franchisee, Craig knows our business well, while also bringing deep public and private sector executive leadership experience to this role. The Board is confident that he is the ideal leader to oversee the business during this transition period. The Board remains committed to overseeing the execution of the Company's strategy as we begin our search for Planet Fitness' next permanent leader and solidify our position as a differentiated and disruptive force in the health and wellness space for years to come."
"Having served on the Company's Board for six years and as a Planet Fitness franchise owner, I am deeply familiar with the business. Planet Fitness has a solid foundation in place. I am ready to hit the ground running and look forward to working alongside the management team and employees to ensure a seamless transition for all of our stakeholders," said Benson.
Spinelli concluded, "On behalf of the Board, I'd like to thank Chris for his 30 years of service to Planet Fitness. During the course of his decade long tenure as CEO, Chris has played a critical role in cultivating our culture of judgement free fitness to improve the lives of millions of members. We appreciate his continued support to help ensure a smooth transition."
"My 30-year career at Planet Fitness has been an incredible ride, and it's been an honor to lead this Company and serve our employees, franchisees and members, all of whom have played a key role in our growth and success," said Rondeau. "I am grateful for and look forward to supporting the management team in an advisory capacity, and have confidence in the long-term potential of Planet Fitness."
The management change is not the result of any material or unexpected financial events.
SOURCE Planet Fitness
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