Humphrey Cobbold

CEO, PureGym


My first private equity backed CEO role was with Wiggle Ltd between 2009-2013. In four years we took this online retailer of cycling and triathlon related products through an international growth programme launching in Europe, Japan, Australia, USA and China. In 2013, we sold the business via a secondary buyout with Bridgepoint, delivering a stellar exit for Livingbridge.

Since 2015, I have been CEO of PureGym, one of Europe’s largest gym operators. In 2017, we led the business through an exit from CCMP to Leonard Green, and in 2021 we raised a further £300 million of development capital from KKR, valuing the company at approximately £1.5 billion.

I wish PepTalks had been around as I was embarking on my first PE backed CEO journey with Wiggle. I hope to help PepTalks members with their organic and acquisitive growth strategies as well as sharing my experiences of selling businesses.

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