Exercise Professionals - SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan steps down...
18 Jan 2020 Exercise professionals: News, jobs and training
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

28 Nov 2019

SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan steps down
BY Tom Walker

Whelan will vacate the role with immediate effect and will also step down as director of the company's board

Whelan will vacate the role with immediate effect and will also step down as director of the company's board
photo: Soul Cycle

SoulCycle chief executive Melanie Whelan has resigned from her role, capping off a challenging few months for the indoor cycling operator.

Whelan will vacate the role with immediate effect and will also step down as director of the company's board.

She will be replaced by chief financial officer Sunder Reddy, who has been named interim CEO.

In an emailed letter sent to Soul Cycle employees – widely reported in the US media – Whelan wrote: "I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to have led our SoulCycle team and brand during a transformational time for this amazing community.

"Having started with SoulCycle when we had only seven studios and a huge dream – I couldn't be more proud of what this team has accomplished together.

"The magic of SoulCycle has always been in those dark studios. The love, the passion, the energy and the spirit of what we do is more important today than ever before. SoulCycle is a one-of-a-kind organization and I will be cheering on your continued growth and success."

Whelan's resignation comes just three months after SoulCycle and boutique studio operator Equinox faced a fierce backlash over their owner's links to controversial US president Donald Trump.

In August, Stephen Ross, the head of Related Companies – which owns the two fitness brands – threw a US$100k-$250k-a-ticket fundraising event for Trump's re-election at his home in the Hamptons, NY.

It led to members of Equinox and SoulCycle taking to social media and expressing their outrage, with many stating their intention to cancel their membership of the high-end chains.

Both Equinox and SoulCycle have consistently focused their marketing and company culture on a liberal agenda.

Founded in 2006, SoulCycle currently operates nearly 100 studios in the US, Canada and the UK.



Connect with
Exercise Professionals
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Rockwell Group bring luxury hospitality and wellness to 550 Madison
Rockwell Group bring luxury hospitality and wellness to 550 Madison   17 Jan 2020

Rockwell Group have unveiled designs for luxury hospitality and wellness amenities at Manhattan's 550 Madison office tower, which is currently being .... more>>
The Gym Group plans further expansion as revenues hit £150m mark
The Gym Group plans further expansion as revenues hit £150m mark   17 Jan 2020

The Gym Group is set to continue its fast pace of growth in 2020, with plans to open – on average – around two new sites per month during the year. .... more>>
Wearables for seniors: AI specialist creates wellness tech that predicts falls and ailments
Wearables for seniors: AI specialist creates wellness tech that predicts falls and ailments   16 Jan 2020

A new product aimed at the ageing population is combining wearable fitness tech with artificial intelligence to create a device designed to help .... more>>
Research project to chart physical activity needs of families with disabled children
Research project to chart physical activity needs of families with disabled children   15 Jan 2020

A three-year research project will look to provide the physical activity industry with a better understanding of the needs of families with disabled .... more>>
This Girl Can campaign celebrated for featuring 'real' female fitness stories
This Girl Can campaign celebrated for featuring 'real' female fitness stories   15 Jan 2020

The latest edition of the highly-successful This Girl Can Campaign has been celebrated for its "taboo-busting" and "brave" take on what female fitness .... more>>
CES news: CTA predicts US consumer tech sales to reach record level of US$422bn
CES news: CTA predicts US consumer tech sales to reach record level of US$422bn   14 Jan 2020

The increasing popularity of streaming services and wireless earbuds – along with the introduction of 5G connectivity and artificial intelligence .... more>>
Company profile


Legend Club Management Systems (UK) Ltd

Legend’s ultra-reliable cloud-based management software provides our customers a competitive edge.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Seth Mattison to speak at ISPA Talent Symposium

Seth Mattison to speak at ISPA Talent Symposium

The International SPA Association (ISPA) will hold its inaugural ISPA Talent Symposium on 15 April at The Ritz-Carlton, Bacara in Santa Barbara, CA. More>>




in this issue

• Everyone Active reveals boutique format
• Fusion invests £2m in eight centre upgrades
• Bewilderwood to open second site



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Personal / Fitness Trainer - East Ham High Street
Salary: Fantastic Benefits
Location: London, England
Company: The Gym Group
Personal / Fitness Trainer - Manchester Ashton Old Road
Salary: Fantastic Benefits
Location: Greater Manchester, England
Company: The Gym Group
Personal Trainer / Fitness Trainer
Salary: 100% of your PT earnings
Location: Manchester, UK
Company: The Gym Group
Personal Trainer
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Lutterworth, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




21-23 Jan 2020

BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME)

Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, United Kingdom


23-26 Jan 2020

Les Thermalies, the water & well-being exhibition

Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France



Health Club Management magazine 2020 issue 1
Health Club Management
2020 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Running: Run right
How can you ensure your members are running right and enjoying and benefitting from the experience? Danny Dreyer invented ChiRunning so everyone can be a runner. Kath Hudson finds out all about it More>>
  fitness-kit.net: Product innovations
Auro launches a new personal training app; Pavigym’s Wexo flooring supports cross-training zones; FunXtion’s online training tool explained and Vitapure presents its drinks dispenser, which makes money, while reducing single plastic usage More>>


Health Club Management magazine 2019 issue 11

Health Club Management
2019 issue 11

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Wellness: The Well
Co-founder and CEO Rebecca Parekh explains The Well, a new membershipbased wellness club that’s opened in the heart of New York City, giving access to fitness, health coaches and more More>>
  Group exercise: The power of groupness
Does your fitness studio off er the antidote to tech-driven loneliness? More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd