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 100,000 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.
AARON O’BRIEN – CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Aaron joined Les Mills International in 2011 as Head of IT and was swiftly appointed to the senior leadership team as Chief Information Officer. Aaron looks after both the technology and online/digital sides of the business. He has revolutionized the way the company and its subsidiaries engage with technology, strengthening connections across the 80 countries where LES MILLS™ classes are available.
CHANTAL BRUNNER – GENERAL COUNSEL
As an Olympic athlete, Chantal Brunner is a perfect fit for our tribe. As General Counsel, Chantal heads up the Les Mills International legal team. With widespread experience as a solicitor in corporate and commercial environments she joined our legal team in 2000. Chantal represented New Zealand in the Long Jump at two Olympic Games, four Commonwealth Games and four World Championships. She is now a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board and convenor of the board’s Athletics Commission.