NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON) today announced the appointment of two new directors to its Board: Angel L. Mendez, a proven supply chain leader at the intersection of software, technology, and industrial operations; and Jonathan Mildenhall, a globally recognized creative leader in marketing and advertising. Erik Blachford, who has served as a director since 2015, will step down from his role on the Board.
In addition, Barry McCarthy, Peloton’s newly named CEO and President, will join the Board as a director, and John Foley has been named Executive Chair.
With these changes, Peloton’s Board will comprise nine directors, four of whom will have been appointed in the past three years. Nearly half of Peloton’s Board seats will now be held by members of diverse communities: female, of color, and/or LGBTQIA+.
John Foley, Co-Founder of Peloton and Executive Chair, said, “We are pleased to welcome Barry, Angel and Jonathan as new directors to the Peloton Board at this important time. We are confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy, drive profitability, and enhance value for all Peloton shareholders.”
Pamela Thomas-Graham, Chair of the Nominating, Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee, said, “These appointments are the culmination of a robust search process that began several months ago. As Peloton continues to evolve, we are committed to regularly evaluating our Board’s composition to ensure we have the right mix of skills and experience to advance our goals and reflect the diverse views of Peloton’s shareholders, team, and community of more than 6.6 million Members.”
Foley concluded, “On behalf of the entire Board, I thank Erik for his valuable perspective and incredible commitment to Peloton over the past nearly seven years. His numerous contributions and thoughtful insights have been invaluable, and we are grateful for everything he has done for Peloton.”
Additional information regarding McCarthy’s appointment as Peloton’s new CEO and President can be found in a separate press release issued today.
About Angel L. Mendez
Mendez is Executive Chairman of the Board of LevaData Inc., a privately held, artificial intelligence company focused on supply chain management. He also serves on two other public company boards: Kinaxis, which specializes in supply chain planning solutions; and Sleep Number, a sleep technology company. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of HERE Technologies from 2016 to 2020. From 2005 to 2015, he was a senior executive at Cisco Systems, where he led the company’s corporate transformation program as well as its global supply chain. Earlier in his career he served in senior roles at Palm Inc., Gateway Inc., Citigroup, and in various executive positions at Allied Signal Aerospace and GE.
Mendez earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA from the Crummer School at Rollins College.
About Jonathan Mildenhall
Mildenhall co-founded TwentyFirstCenturyBrand, one of the most influential brand building companies, in 2018, and serves as the company’s Chair. He is also a board member on a number of private company boards, including EverLane, AboveBoard, Northern Star SPAC, GoFundMe, and College Track. Prior to co-founding TwentyFirstCenturyBrand, Mildenhall served as CMO of Airbnb from 2014 to 2018, during which time Airbnb’s valuation increased from $1 billion to more than $31 billion. Prior to Airbnb, Mildenhall led The Coca-Cola Company’s marketing initiatives as VP of global advertising strategy and content excellence from 2007 to 2013, and as SVP integrated marketing communication and design excellence from 2013 to 2014. Earlier in his career, Mildenhall served in various management positions in marketing and advertising.
Mildenhall holds a degree in Business and Finance from The Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from The Manchester Metropolitan University.
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