PHILLIP MILLS - CEO
Managing a rock and roll band trying to crack the United States market is an unlikely first job for a pioneer of international fitness. Our CEO Phillip Mills left the “unhealthy”, music industry in 1980. He had a vision to bring together the worlds of sport and performing arts. Starting with aerobics classes in his father’s Les Mills New Zealand gym, Phillip has taken the LES MILLS™ brand of exercise-to-music programs to the world.
Truly driven by the health of our planet and its people, Phillip and his wife Jackie co-wrote the book ‘Fighting Globesity’ which links the developed world’s obesity epidemic with the state of the planet. He’s also one of the founding trustees of Pure Advantage, a not-for-profit organization promoting a greener, wealthier future for New Zealanders.
Dr JACKIE MILLS – CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
Dr Jackie Mills is the creative magic in a family company that inspires millions of people to get up and move every week. As Chief Creative Officer of Les Mills International, Jackie is responsible for the development of all LES MILLS™ workouts.
Jackie is a specialist in nutritional medicine, an obstetrician and general medical practitioner. She completed her post-graduate studies in nutrition at the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and has practiced nutritional medicine for 25 years. Jackie is tertiary qualified in Physical Education, and a former national gymnast and aerobics champion.
Les Mills workouts are fully updated every three months with new music and fresh choreography. Jackie oversees all aspects of the routines and filming of the masterclasses that are used to train a global tribe of 130,000 Les Mills instructors. Jackie is also co-program director for the popular yoga fusion BODYBALANCE™ program.
Jackie has recently led the company’s expansion into two areas that reflect her personal passions. The first is helping children fall in love with fitness through its BORN TO MOVE programs. The more recent is creating education resources that encourage people to take a holistic approach to nutrition and exercise.
Jackie’s children Diana and Les Jnr are both actively involved in the business and her husband Phillip Mills is the CEO of Les Mills International.
BRIAN KREFT – CHAIRMAN
Brian is an investment banker and was instrumental in establishing the Market Surveillance Panel of the New Zealand Stock Exchange. Brian acts in the role of director and adviser to a wide range of businesses, providing advice relating to company funding, governance, business acquisitions, organization structure and company floatation.
BRETT PIPER – BUSINESS AFFAIRS DIRECTOR
Brett brings extensive legal experience to his role as leader of the Les Mills International Business Affairs team. He was General Counsel at Transpower, the owner and operator of the New Zealand electricity grid, prior to joining us in 2004. The Business Affairs team is responsible for supporting Les Mills' agencies around the world, as well as dealing with legal and intellectual property issues.
DOUG ROBB – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Doug has overseen the finance and administration for Les Mills International since 2003. Previously a Management Accountant and Financial Controller for New Zealand companies Ernest Adams and Loaded Hog Group, he has a BCom (Canterbury) and is a Chartered Accountant.
MALCOLM BLACK – MUSIC AND MEDIA DIRECTOR
Malcolm is famous in New Zealand as the singer and songwriter of Netherworld Dancing Toys, who had a number one single and platinum selling album in the 1980s. He is a specialist music industry lawyer and has been part of the team since 2004. Malcolm lectured in law at the University of Otago, before establishing the boutique entertainment law firm Sinclair Black. He joined Les Mills International from Sony BMG Music Entertainment New Zealand where he was Director of Business Affairs and A&R.
VAUGHAN SCHWASS – CEO, LES MILLS ENTERPRISES
Vaughan joined Les Mills International in 2005 as marketing director, having gained international marketing experience with Tourism New Zealand in the United States and Canada. Vaughan led the marketing team to win a series of awards including an Effie (the coveted Supreme Award at the 2009 Marketing Awards). After six years Vaughan stepped up to his new role as CEO of Les Mills Enterprises, managing the merchandise business and our strategic commercial partnerships.
Sheree Buchanan – CEO, Les Mills Music Licensing
Sheree joined Les Mills International in 2006 and has since gained broad experience in roles throughout the business. Sheree spent two years working for Les Mills United States based in San Francisco and during this time worked directly with a number of our large customers. On returning from the United States she joined the Les Mills Music team and in 2014 stepped into the CEO role leading the Les Mills Music business.
KEITH BURNET – COO GLOBAL MARKETS
Keith Burnet has an impressive background in the global fitness industry. He’s held senior roles with David Lloyd Leisure, Living Well Health and Leisure, Hilton Worldwide and easyGym. Keith joined Les Mills as CEO of our UK business in 2012, and was promoted to COO of Global Markets in March 2015. A proud Scotsman and passionate rugby union fan, Keith loves nothing more than spending time with his young family.
JEAN-MICHEL FOURNIER – CEO LES MILLS MEDIA
Jean-Michel is a leader with a perfect mix of technology, digital and fitness experience. He co-founded the mobile platform BitGym which specializes in computer vision using 2D cameras. Jean-Michel has held senior roles at UnitedHealth Group, Unisys, Hewlett Packard and GE. Passionate about fitness and health, he is a certified Crossfit judge in his spare time. Jean-Michel joined Les Mills as the CEO of Les Mills Media in 2017.
KEITH MUIRHEAD – HEAD OF PEOPLE AND CULTURE
Keith has worked in people management roles with some of New Zealand’s biggest brands such as Fletcher Building, Air New Zealand, SkyCity and Trade Me. Originally from Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Keith is a devoted Liverpool Football Club fan. He also has a weakness for designer trainers. Keith joined Les Mills in 2016 as our global Head of People and Culture.