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Steve Hewitt

Executive Chairman

Gymshark

Birmingham, UK

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Steve’s Biography

Steve Hewitt is Executive Chairman of Gymshark, one of the world’s best known and exciting direct-to-consumer fitness-wear labels.

In August 2020 Gymshark was valued at over £1bn ($1.3bn). With this valuation it joined the exclusive list of British companies to have achieved “unicorn” status.

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

In 2017 Steve stepped into the position of CEO and led the building up of its senior leadership team. The team has seen to the brand’s exponential growth on a global scale, winning numerous international awards along the way, including taking the top spot in The Sunday Times’ Fast Track (2016), International Track (2019) and Profit Track (2020) league tables. Under Steve’s leadership, Gymshark has gone from being a leading start-up to becoming a global brand with customers in more than 170 countries.

Steve has held several senior executive positions throughout...
Steve Hewitt is Executive Chairman of Gymshark, one of the world’s best known and exciting direct-to-consumer fitness-wear labels.

In August 2020 Gymshark was valued at over £1bn ($1.3bn). With this valuation it joined the exclusive list of British companies to have achieved “unicorn” status.

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

In 2017 Steve stepped into the position of CEO and led the building up of its senior leadership team. The team has seen to the brand’s exponential growth on a global scale, winning numerous international awards along the way, including taking the top spot in The Sunday Times’ Fast Track (2016), International Track (2019) and Profit Track (2020) league tables. Under Steve’s leadership, Gymshark has gone from being a leading start-up to becoming a global brand with customers in more than 170 countries.

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
To make it in the US we have to think local

Steve Hewitt, Executive Chairman of Gymshark, wrote an opinion piece in The Times.

Gymshark chair shares words of wisdom on rising to the top

Gymshark’s executive chair, Steve Hewitt, was a keynote speaker at the annual dinner and awards of Solihull’s Chamber of Commerce.

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Steve’s Background

Gymshark
Executive Chairman
Aug 2021 - Present
Birmingham, 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
CEO
Apr 2017 - Jul 2021
Solihull, UK
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Steve’s Gallery

Awards & Endorsements

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.
The Sunday Times International Track 200 Awards logo The Sunday Times International Track 200 Awards logo
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