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In his first act as CEO, Guy Cammilleri (left) promoted senior vice president Doug Katona (right) to the role of chief operations officer.

World Gym Promotes Guy Cammilleri to CEO, Doug Katona to COO

Guy Cammilleri, the son of late World Gym owner Joyce Cammilleri, plans to double the brand's existing global club network to more than 400 locations by 2022.

World Gym International, Los Angeles, announced on June 28 it had promoted Guy Cammilleri to the role of chief executive officer and Doug Katona as chief operations officer, as part of a restructuring of its Los Angeles-based corporate team.

Guy is one of three sons of Joyce Cammilleri, who purchased World Gym International in 2009. Guy has led the company as managing director since Joyce's death in September 2016.

“The last 18 months have been the most active in our history because we have stayed focused on our mission to relentlessly convert people from needing to train to wanting to train,” Guy said in a media release. “Our #FitnessTruth mantra, embodied by World Gym Athletics, has enabled us to open and acquire our first two corporate gyms in more than a decade, certify hundreds of World Gym Athletics Coaches around the world, continue our meteoric growth internationally, implement sophisticated marketing, sales and operations systems for our franchisees and invest even further in franchisee support systems to help our gym owners open their first, second, third and tenth location. We will continue to open the best gyms in every market as we expand.”

Guy's plan as CEO is to double World Gym's existing global club network to more than 400 locations by 2022, the release said.

Guy also promoted Doug Katona, former senior vice president of operations and director of training, to the role of chief operations officer. Katona has played a key role in World Gym's growth since 2016, the release said. This includes creating the World Gym Athletics training program, further developing the company's franchising system and establishing new industry partnerships.

Additionally, Katona has led the management teams at both of the company's corporate-owned clubs in San Antonio, Texas, and Oxnard, California.

“We’ve spent the last year rebuilding our systems from the ground up, so World Gym can lead the industry in growth, profitability and programming,” Katona said in the release. “Our members love #FitnessTruth and our franchisees are seeing more brand relevance and revenue growth because of it. We sincerely care about our franchisees and work relentlessly to help them grow.  I came back into this industry because of the legacy opportunity for World Gym."

World Gym currently operates more than 200 clubs in 22 countries and territories. It was founded in 1976 by Joe Gold.

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