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Steve Hewitt

Non-Executive Director

Gymshark

Birmingham, UK

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Steve’s Biography

Steve Hewitt is a Non-Executive Director and former CEO and Executive Chair of Gymshark, one of the world’s best-known and exciting direct-to-consumer fitness wear labels.

Steve joined the company as an external advisor in 2014, and became Managing Director the following year when he began the process of professionalising Gymshark, laying the foundations for the enterprise’s next stage of expansion.

In 2017 Steve stepped into the position of CEO and led the building up of Gymshark’s senior leadership team. This team oversaw the brand’s exponential growth on a global scale, winning numerous international awards along the way.

Under Steve’s leadership, Gymshark went from being a leading start-up to becoming a global brand with customers in more than 178 countries. In August 2020 Gymshark was valued at over £1bn ($1.3bn) and joined the exclusive list of British companies to achieve “unicorn” status.

After handing back the role of CEO to Gymshark’s founder, Ben Francis, Steve became Executive Chair at Gymshark before stepping back from the business to become a Non-Executive Director...
Steve Hewitt is a Non-Executive Director and former CEO and Executive Chair of Gymshark, one of the world’s best-known and exciting direct-to-consumer fitness wear labels.

Steve joined the company as an external advisor in 2014, and became Managing Director the following year when he began the process of professionalising Gymshark, laying the foundations for the enterprise’s next stage of expansion.

In 2017 Steve stepped into the position of CEO and led the building up of Gymshark’s senior leadership team. This team oversaw the brand’s exponential growth on a global scale, winning numerous international awards along the way.

Under Steve’s leadership, Gymshark went from being a leading start-up to becoming a global brand with customers in more than 178 countries. In August 2020 Gymshark was valued at over £1bn ($1.3bn) and joined the exclusive list of British companies to achieve “unicorn” status.

After handing back the role of CEO to Gymshark’s founder, Ben Francis, Steve became Executive Chair at Gymshark before stepping back from the business to become a Non-Executive Director in August 2022.

Steve has held several senior executive positions throughout his career, including CEO of Sport Brands Group, a specialist in establishing distribution and licensing partnerships with global brands, and commercial director for Reebok, where he spent six years overseeing year-on-year double-digit growth in vital markets in the EMEA region.

Steve is a born leader with a competitive spirit and a knack for fostering purpose-driven and people-centred environments. Furthermore, he has substantial financial modelling experience to push organisational scalability on a global scale; traits and talents that have been crucial to his success.

He holds a BA (Honours) in Business & Sports Management from Manchester Metropolitan University and is married with two children.
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Steve’s Newsfeed

The Times
How a late-night train journey showed me the way forward

Read Steve Hewitt's article in The Times.

Stellar line-up at Chamber’s exclusive US Embassy event

Steve Hewitt, Executive Chairman of Gymshark, will join the high-profile list of speakers due to speak at the event on 23rd March.

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Steve’s Background

Gymshark
Non-Executive Director
Aug 2022 - Present
Solihull, UK
Gymshark is a fitness accessory and apparel business established in 2012 by Ben Francis. In less than a decade it has grown into a top sportswear brand. The company credits its success to continuous innovation, a strong online presence, and high-quality products.
Gymshark
Executive Chairman
Aug 2021 - Aug 2022
Birmingham, UK
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Steve’s Gallery

Media

Speakers for Schools: Steve Hewitt
Video interview
Mar 2022
Steve Hewitt gives a wide ranging interview to Speakers for Schools, including how he became CEO of Gymshark and his leadership ethos.

Publications

The Times
Contributor
To view Steve Hewitt's articles in The Times, click on the link.

Awards & Recognition

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 topped the league in the 2020 Sunday Times Profit Track 100, ranking the UK’s private companies with the fastest growing profits. The company's profits jumped from £1.1 million in 2016 to £18.6 million in 2019.
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The Sunday Times International Track 200 Awards
Winner 2019
London, UK
Gymshark took the top spot in The Sunday Times International Track 200 Awards 2019. The leage ranks the UK's mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.
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Steve’s Education

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