Gymshark appoints new chief people officer

Fitness apparel brand Gymshark has announced that Laura Hagan will join the company as its new chief people officer in January.

Hagan is joining the retailer after over four years working as the chief HR officer at food and beverage supplier Tate & Lyle.

Prior to that, she spent more than 11 years at Dyson, where she held a number of roles before becoming the company's global HR director.

The move is the latest in a recent spate of senior appointments at Gymshark.

Matt Dunn recently joined from Asos as chief financial officer, John Douglas joined from Burberry as chief technology officer, and Carly O’Brien joined from The Very Group as vice president, marketing.

Gymshark said that as part of her new role, Hagan will be responsible for ensuring the company "attracts the right talent at the right time".

“Since day one of Gymshark, our people have always been, and always will be, our most important and powerful asset,” said Ben Francis, founder and chief executive, Gymshark. “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.”

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