Planet Fitness, Newington, New Hampshire, announced the appointment of four new corporate hires in operations, real estate and finance on Thursday.
Jim Esposito was appointed to senior vice president, corporate club operations; Brian Zehetner was appointed to director of health and fitness; Josh Beyer was appointed vice president of real estate and construction; and Brian O'Donnell was appointed vice president and corporate controller.
Esposito will be responsible for the strategic development of Planet Fitness' corporate locations, Zehetner will oversee Planet Fitness' overall health and wellness initiatives, Beyer will lead Planet Fitness' real estate and construction functions, and O'Donnell will oversee all areas of financial reporting and accounting services.
"Adding the best talent in key management positions across all categories of our business has always been a priority at Planet Fitness," Chris Rondeau, CEO, Planet Fitness, said in a statement announcing the hires. "These are important additions to the company as we add the necessary leadership to further build upon the continued success and growth of our brand."
Esposito has more than 20 years in managing operations for several consumer brands. He spent the last year at Panera Bread, where he collaborated with a cross-functional team to drive business results and key initiatives. Esposito has also served as chief operating officer at Papa Gino's and D'Angelo, where he was responsible for brand operations, sales growth and increased profitability. He also spent 11 years in a variety of operations positions with Burger King Corporation, including leading Burger King's Global Restaurant Systems group.
Zehetner, who previously served as the chief science officer at Anytime Fitness, has more than 15 years of experience in program development, digital health innovation, and brand advocacy. He is a registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning specialist, and is board-certified in sports dietetics. His experience also includes working with digital health startups to develop new products. Zehetner co-authored the book "Working Out Sucks (And Why It Doesn't Have To)" and has a master's degree in nutrition and dietetics.
Beyer was vice president of non-traditional development for The UPS Store where he led the development of the UPS Store brand into hotels, universities, convention centers and military bases. He worked at Nephron Pharmaceuticals and Parx Casino prior to The UPS Store. Beyer began his career at Quizno's Corporation where he spent 11 years in leadership positions as market auditor and later vice president of development where he oversaw a management team, as well as commercial brokers in selecting sites, selling franchises and building restaurants.
O'Donnell has extensive extensive finance and accounting experience, which includes more than 10 years in public accounting with Deloitte and Touche, and Arthur Andersen. He was most recently the chief accounting officer, vice president of finance and corporate controller of Sonus Networks. He held various leadership roles including director of revenue operations and senior director of finance at the global technology hardware and services company. O'Donnell oversaw the global finance organization and worked extensively with a cross-functional team in the role of systems and process improvement in a variety of areas throughout his time at Sonus Networks. His responsibilities also included the day-to-day oversight of the finance organization and all Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts.
Planet Fitness has more than 1,000 locations in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic. The company, which ranked No. 7 on Club Industry's Top 100 Health Clubs of 2015, reported $330.5 million in 2015 revenue in March in a financial disclosure.