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Management company Leisure Connection has announced that Neil King will be joining the business as its new managing director. A fitness industry veteran, King currently

holds the role of commercial director at Everyone Active and has also worked at Fitness First during his 22-year career. He will take over from Richard Millman. Julian Nichol ls, chair of Leisure

Treharne won the regional award for south-east

Gym Group’s Treharne: CEO of the year award

John Treharne, chief executive of The Gym Group, has been named CEO of the Year in the South East by the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA). The award was one of seven presented

as part of the South East final of the BVCA Management Team Awards, produced in partnership with Clearwater Corporate Finance, which celebrates the achievements of companies backed by private equity and venture capital. The award results in automatic

qualification into the national finals. National winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 4 July 2013. The Gym Group was founded by

Treharne in 2007 and was backed by Bridges Ventures the same year. • The news came just weeks after

the company achieved 15th place in the prestigious The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For list.

Total Fitness adds Mellor to board of directors

Total Fitness has named Andy Mellor as finance director, reporting to CEO Richard Millman and joining Brian Davidson and Warwick Ley of RooGreen Ventures LLP on the main board of the group. Mellor’s is the last of the external

director appointments to the company as part of the business improvement strategy implemented by Davidson and Ley upon their arrival last December, which was further enhanced by the appointment of Millman as CEO in February. Davidson and Ley will remain close to the business in their roles as non-executive directors. Mellor brings several years of successful

leadership experience within both the finance and commercial


specifically in the area of fast-changing multi-site retail operations.

Worthy will be tasked with leading the UK business

Connection, says: “Neil will lead the development of the business and his first-class leisure experience and industry knowledge will enhance Leisure Connection’s already strong market position. “His appointment marks the next

important step for us, which is hot on the heels of an £11m recapitalisation of the Leisure Connection business last year.” King adds: “I’ve been impressed with

the progress which I’ve seen at Leisure Connection in recent months and I’m delighted to be joining the business at such a pivotal moment. Leisure Connection has an impressive team and a wide-ranging

Neil King joins Leisure Connection from SLM

and diverse client portfolio which forms an excellent foundation on which to continue to build the business.” King is also a board member of ukactive,

and SkillsActive, and a trustee of the Health & Fitness Foundation.

Life Fitness promotes two senior managers

Life Fitness has made two key changes to its European top team. The company has appointed Jason Worthy

as the new managing director for the group’s UK business. Worthy is a fitness industry

veteran, having previously worked with LA Fitness and Fitness First. He was also head of sales at Technogym

until 2007. Worthy initially joined Life Fitness in April 2012 as the general manager for the distributor business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Elsewhere Kyle Millroy, operating out of

the Life Fitness Benelux office, will now serve as the managing director for the distributor business. Millroy came to Life Fitness in 2011 as senior account manager for distributor business before being promoted to business development manager. Frank van de Ven, vice president of

international business for Life Fitness, says: “Life Fitness has an exceptional talent base that drives us internationally. “These changes reflect the hard work of

both team members and signal a renewed commitment to the growing strength of the industry in both regions and globally.”

Carl Liebert Leaves 24 Hour Fitness The company has announced that the day-

Carl Liebert, president and CEO of US-based group 24 Hour Fitness, has announced he is leaving the company. The move became effective on 17 May. Liebert had been with 24 Hour Fitness for six years. He is leaving to become president of USAA Capital Corp.

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to-day management will be undertaken by a three-strong office of the chair while it searches for a new CEO. The three members in the office are Elizabeth Blair, Jeff Boyer and Patrick Flanagan.

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