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Gymshark appoints new Chief People Officer

Tom Shearsmith
08 December 2022

Gymshark, the fitness community and apparel brand, has announced the appointment of Laura Hagan as its new Chief People Officer (CPO).

Hagan is to join Gymshark in January 2023 and is the latest in a recent spate of senior appointments at Gymshark, following Mat Dunn joining from ASOS as Chief Financial Officer, John Douglas joining from Burberry as Chief Technology Officer and Carly O’Brien joining from The Very Group as VP of Marketing.

She joins the business after more than four years as the Chief HR Officer at Tate & Lyle, where she’s played a key role in driving transformation across its global food solutions business. Prior to that, she spent over eleven years at Dyson, fulfilling a number of key roles before becoming Dyson's Global HR Director.

In her new role, Hagan will be responsible for ensuring Gymshark attracts the right talent, enabling growth in a "considered and thoughtful way", as well as retaining Gymshark's core brand DNA. She will report directly into Founder and CEO, Ben Francis.

Laura Hagan, CPO, Gymshark, said: "I’ve always been passionate about the impact that brilliant talent has on the success of every business. It was clear as soon as I met Ben and the team at Gymshark, that its people are a key priority alongside innovation & ambitious growth. I can’t wait to get started and work with all parts of the business to attract the best possible talent to this incredibly exciting brand and to enable its future success”

Ben Francis, Founder and CEO, Gymshark, added: “Since day one of Gymshark, our people have always been, and always will be, our most important and powerful asset. That will never change. Laura shares that view with us, which is why I’m so happy to welcome her to the fold. Her hunger for rapid innovation and commercial growth with a laser focus on talent and performance was plain to see. I am so impressed by her passion both about the impact that brilliant talent has on the success of every business as well as equitable access to opportunity. She’s a stellar addition to our team.”

Read's interview with Gymshark's Founder and CEO, Ben Francis.

Alternatively, read's interview with Gymshark's Chief Brand Officer, Noel Mack.

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