CHICAGO, Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Global fitness leader, Les Mills International, has named Brian Gagne as the new chief executive officer of Les Mills U.S. Bringing more than 28 years of leadership and operational experience in the health and fitness sectors to the role, Gagne will direct all U.S. operations for the wholly owned subsidiary. Gagne succeeds Jesper Magnusson, who successfully led the re-unification of the United States distribution during his tenure.
"We are excited to welcome Brian to the Les Mills team and look forward to insights and experience he will bring to our valued U.S. partners," said Keith Burnet, chief operating officer for Les Mills International. "He brings a strong understanding of our industry and has the leadership and vision to help lead the next phase of growth for our U.S. business."
Gagne is an accomplished leader with an impressive background in business development, new product and service development, and team leadership and management. He previously served as chief operating officer for Health Fitness Corporation, where he provided leadership for the delivery of health and fitness management services for one in five U.S. Fortune 100 companies. There he had direct accountability for all client and back office support teams including account management, service delivery, operations, business process improvement and change management. Previously, Gagne served as a director at Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems and as executive director for several Chicago-based medical health and fitness centers, including Gottlieb Hospital, Centegra Health System and Edward Hospital.
"Les Mills has a rich history in the evolution and innovation of assisted and social group exercise," said Gagne. "I look forward to collaborating with the passionate and talented team at Les Mills to leverage these strengths and help our customers help their members fall in love with fitness and achieve our goal of creating a fitter planet."
Gagne holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
About Les Mills
Les Mills International is the creator of 20 global group fitness and team training programs, including BODYPUMP® (weights), BODYCOMBAT® (martial arts), RPM® (indoor cycling), LES MILLS GRIT® (30-minute high intensity interval training) and LES MILLS SPRINT™ (high-intensity cycling). Every week, millions of people get fit in more than 17,500 clubs across 100 countries with the help of 130,000 passionate Les Mills instructors. The company's SMART TECH™ equipment line combines innovative ergonomic design with quality construction to help people get better results from their workouts in less time, while Les Mills Good Protein, a simple and functional protein powder, helps people fuel their bodies right. For more information, visit Les Mills at www.LesMills.com.
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