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Les Mills CEO Clive Ormerod To Step Down

Les Mills CEO Clive Ormerod To Step Down

After six years with the global fitness giant, Ormerod is stepping down at the end of December to spend time with family

Clive Ormerod, who has served as Group CEO of Les Mills International since 2019, has decided to step down from his role at the end of December to spend time with family before embarking on a “new opportunity” in 2024.

Ormerod, who joined the global fitness leader as chief marketing officer in 2018 before being appointed CEO, has led the New Zealand-based Les Mills to significantly grow its global footprint and scale its digital presence.

Les Mills is currently searching for a successor.

“After six amazing years at Les Mills and an incredible journey, I’ve decided to take some time out with family and to recharge personally, before moving into a new opportunity in the new year,” Ormerod said. “It’s been a very special time, and I feel proud of what we’ve achieved together in my six years with Les Mills. Now feels like the right time to make this decision and to leave the company in the very capable hands of the best team I’ve ever worked with.”

It’s been a year of wins for Les Mills, with the fitness brand entering the mixed reality world by launching a new fitness game, Les Mills XR Bodycombat, for Meta Quest 3 and partnering with Adidas in a bid to target younger fitness consumers with next-gen workouts and live experiences. The fitness company also inked a deal with Samsung to offer its classes on Samsung Smart TVs. 

“We work in the best industry and one which will play an increasingly important role in helping people live healthier, happier lives,” Ormerod said. “I have no doubt the team at Les Mills – and the wider fitness industry – are beautifully placed to continue to change the world. And I’ll be cheering you all on from the sidelines.”

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Phillip Mills, executive director of Les Mills, noted that Ormerod has had a “huge impact” on the global fitness company’s business over the years.

“He has always passionately believed in our purpose, and the profound impact movement can have on the planet,” Mills said. “He has shown immense commitment, leading this business with strong strategic focus and a tireless work ethic. While we’re sad to see him go, we respect his decision and wish him all the best.”

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