Peloton CEO Barry McCarthy Steps Down as Company Cuts 15% of Workers

Business|Peloton Chief Executive Steps Down as Company Cuts 15% of Staff

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Barry McCarthy took over as C.E.O. in February 2022 to revive Peloton from its late-pandemic slump, but the company has struggled to become profitable.

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Peloton said it would cut 15 percent of its work force, or 400 people, to cut costs by $200 million.Credit…Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

J. Edward Moreno

Peloton said on Thursday that its chief executive, Barry McCarthy, was stepping down and that it would lay off more workers, as it continued to struggle in the fitness market.

The connected-fitness company announced disappointing quarterly earnings on Thursday, with revenue down 4 percent from last year. The company, which has not turned a profit since December 2020, is also looking to refinance more than $1 billion in debt.

Peloton had a spectacular rise at the start of the pandemic, when gyms and fitness centers closed and consumers were hungry for at-home workout options. But after gyms reopened, Peloton began to face stiffer competition from companies like Bowflex and Lululemon.

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Barry McCarthy, a former Spotify and Netflix executive, joined Peloton in 2022.Credit…Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

It is reducing its head count by 15 percent, or 400 workers, in an effort to cut its costs by $200 million by June 2025. Peloton has had several other rounds of job cuts in the past couple of years, most recently in October 2022, when it laid off about 12 percent of employees, or about 500 people.

“Hard as the decision has been to make additional head count cuts, Peloton simply had no other way to bring its spending in line with its revenue,” Mr. McCarthy said in a statement.

Investors appeared optimistic about the news; Peloton’s stock price rose about 9 percent in premarket trading.

The company said it was looking to reduce its retail footprint and instead invest in “software, hardware and content portfolio and in improvements” for paying subscribers.

Mr. McCarthy, a former Spotify and Netflix executive, joined Peloton in February 2022, taking over from the company’s founder, John Foley. Two board members, Karen Boone and Chris Bruzzo, will serve as interim co-chief executives.

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May 2, 2024

An earlier version of this article misidentified the time frame for cost savings by Peloton. It aims to save $200 million by June 2025, not this year.

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