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Xponential Fitness Loses Pair of Execs, Adds to Lindora Team

Xponential Fitness Loses Pair of Execs, Adds to Lindora Team

While its international head and digital platform president are departing, Xponential added some executive firepower to its new wellness brand

Xponential Fitness has lost a pair of longtime executives, although the boutique fitness and wellness franchisor has fortified the leadership team behind Lindora as it plans to scale the metabolic health brand it recently acquired.

John Kersh, who served as chief international development officer of Xponential Fitness and Xponential+ president Garrett Marshall both announced on LinkedIn that they are leaving their posts at the boutique fitness and wellness franchisor.

Kersh took to the career networking site to share the news and recognize his colleagues, writing, “After 6 years and master franchise agreements for multiple brands in more than 20 countries, I have decided to leave Xponential Fitness for a new and exciting opportunity.”

Marshall took a similar approach, thanking the wellness franchisor for an “awesome ride,” and posted a video recorded from his office on his last day with Xponential Fitness.

“It’s been a very rewarding journey over the last five years having the opportunity to work with some incredible leaders and great teammates,” he said before reflecting on the pandemic and major milestones, such as the company’s IPO.

“It’s been a difficult decision,” Marshall said, adding that he would reveal his upcoming plans in the near future.

The news follows Xponential’s recent divestiture from Stride Fitness, its treadmill-based interval training brand.

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Although Kersh and Marshall have exited Xponential, the company is welcoming back Martin Balcaitis, former chief marketing officer of StretchLab and Body Fit Training (BFT). Balcaitis took to LinkedIn last week to announce his return as senior vice president of operations for Lindora, the metabolic health clinic recently acquired by Xponential.

Xponential made a bold move last year to buy Lindora, giving the franchisor a foothold in the wellness space with a chain of metabolic health clinics that provide weight loss medication like GLP-1s and non-invasive holistic wellness therapies. 

“Sometimes you have to leave the nest to realize where your home truly is,” Balcaitis wrote. “The opportunity to yet again grow a new brand and help small business owners bring wellness and weight loss services to their community is incredibly exciting. It feels fantastic to come back home to Xponential and be surrounded by talented individuals doing great work! Be on the lookout for a Lindora location near you soon!”

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