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Steve Hewitt

Chief Executive Officer

Gymshark Ltd

Birmingham, UK

Steve Hewitt


Steve Hewitt is CEO of one of the most exciting and recognised direct-to-consumer fitness wear brands in the world, Gymshark.

In August 2020 Gymshark was valued at more than £1bn ($1.3bn). The valuation means that Gymshark joins the list of less than 25 British companies to have secured 'unicorn' status.

Steve joined Gymshark in June 2014, initially as an external advisor, and went on to become Managing Director the following year when he began the process of professionalising the business and building the foundations to prepare Gymshark for its next stage of growth.

In 2017 Steve became CEO and spearheaded the building up of the senior leadership team that has been responsible for the exponential growth of the brand on a global scale, winning many international awards along the way, most notably topping The Sunday Times’ Fast Track (2016), International Track (2019) and Profit Track (2020) league tables. With Steve at the helm, Gymshark has gone from being a leading entrepreneurial start-up to becoming a global brand with millions of customers in 170+ countries.

Throughout his career Steve has held many senior executive roles, serving as CEO of Sport Brands Group, a specialist in establishing licensing and distribution partnerships with international brands, and Commercial Director for Reebok, responsible for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions where he spent six years with the brand, overseeing year on year double digit growth in key markets within the region.

Steve is a natural leader with a competitive spirit and a talent for building purpose and people-driven cultures. In addition, he has extensive financial modelling expertise to drive organisational scalability on an international level, and these talents and attributes have been key to his success over a 20+ year long career.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business & Sports Management from The Manchester Metropolitan University and is married with 2 children.

Steve Hewitt’s Newsfeed

How Gymshark Became A $1.3 Billion Brand, And What We Can Learn

Steve Hewitt, Gymshark’s CEO, advised that, “It takes zero talent to work hard and zero talent to stay humble; if you get those things right you will always do well in your journey.” Further advice from Hewitt is to “Learn to fail fast” and “Own as much of the supply chain as you can.”

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Gymshark secures investment from General Atlantic

Gymshark was founded in 2012 by Francis when he was 19, in his parents’ garage, having been taught to sew by his Mom. As the company grew, so too did the leadership team, and in early 2015, Steve Hewitt joined as chief executive and Paul Richardson as executive chairman.

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Steve Hewitt’s Background

Gymshark Ltd
Chief Executive Officer
Apr 2017 - Present
Solihull, UK
Gymshark is a UK fitness, apparel and accessory company, established by Ben Francis in 2012. It has since grown into a leading sportswear brand. The business credits its success to a strong online presence, continuous innovation and high-quality performance wear.
Sandee Worldwide Limited
Principal Owner
Oct 2013 - Present
Birmingham, UK
Sandee is a leading manufacturer of high-quality and reliable combat sportswear and equipment. The products have been produced exclusively in Thailand for the last 35 years. Sandee Worldwide Limited holds global licensing and distributions rights to the Sandee brand.
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Steve Hewitt’s Gallery

Awards & Endorsements

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
Finalist 2020, Midlands & South West
Sep 2020
London, UK
EY's Entrepreneur Of The Year UK has been celebrating, supporting and connecting entrepreneurs since it first launched in the UK over 20 years ago.
The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 logo The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 logo
The Sunday Times Profit Track 100
Winner 2020
London, UK
Gymshark were top of the league in the 2020 Sunday Times Profit Track 100. The Profit Track 100 ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing profits. Gymshark’s profits have rocketed from £1.1m in 2016 to £18.6m in 2019.
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Steve Hewitt’s Education

Manchester Metropolitan University
BA Honours in Business & Sports Management
1991 - 1995