WeWork names new chief executive officer

Tolley has served as as interim Chief Executive Officer since May 2023

WeWork names new chief executive officer

WeWork has appointed David Tolley as Chief Executive Officer.

Tolley has served as a WeWork Board Member since February 2023 and as interim Chief Executive Officer since May 2023.

“WeWork’s ability to define and lead an evolving world of work is a direct result of the tenacity and hard work of our employees who have built an exceptional product, member experience, and brand,” said Tolley. “As companies continue to rethink their office strategies, and demand for flexible office space continues to grow, WeWork offers a unique suite of solutions that empower entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes to collaborate together, evolve and thrive.”

”Tolley brings over 25 years of experience creating and executing strategies and operational improvements that drive value, cash flow, and revenue. Tolley will continue to lead WeWork’s ongoing transformation efforts. WeWork remains focused on building a sustainable and profitable business as it executes its strategic plan, which includes renegotiating nearly all of its leases to reduce rent expenses and driving operational efficiency. WeWork also continues to invest in its buildings, offerings, and products to strengthen its global footprint, and further enhance its signature member experience,” said the company in a press release.

“Over the past few months we have taken decisive and focused actions to improve our business,” Tolley continued. “The steps we are taking now to achieve our goals not only help us achieve profitability and sustain growth, but will position us to serve our members better for the long term. I emphatically believe we’re on the right path, already gaining momentum and seeing promising results from our efforts. I am honored to be leading our world-class team at this important moment for WeWork.”

Tolley most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Intelsat S.A. from 2019 to 2022. Over the course of his career, Tolley has also served as Chief Financial Officer of OneWeb, was a private equity partner at Blackstone from 2000 to 2011 and prior to that was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley.

“The Board is pleased to formally welcome David Tolley to WeWork as its Chief Executive Officer. David is a proven leader, with an exceptional track record of running complex and high-impact businesses, and has brought immense energy, discipline, and focus to WeWork since stepping into the role on an interim basis in May. We are confident that David is the right leader for this pivotal moment and in his ability to drive WeWork’s continued transformation,” said Paul Keglevic, chair of WeWork’s Board of Directors.

WeWork also announced that current WeWork Board member, Paul Keglevic, was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors, effective September 1, 2023.

“Paul’s expertise and perspective have already added immense value to WeWork since joining the Board and becoming Chair in September. I look forward to continuing to work with Paul, and the rest of the Board,” added Tolley.

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