Board of Directors

Stephen Spinelli, Jr. (Ph.D.) , Chairman

Stephen Spinelli, Jr. (Ph.D.) has served on our board of directors since January 2012. He currently serves as President of Philadelphia University, a position he has held since June of 2007. Dr. Spinelli co-founded Jiffy Lube International, Inc. in 1979 under the leadership of his college football coach. Three years later, Dr. Spinelli became a franchisee and remained a director of the Company. He grew to become Jiffy Lube’s largest franchisee. Dr. Spinelli has also previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the American Oil Change Corporation. He received his Ph.D. in economics from The Management School, Imperial College, University of London, his M.B.A. from Babson College and his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from McDaniel College.

Charles Esserman

Charles Esserman has served on our board of directors since November 2012. Mr. Esserman serves as Chief Executive Officer of TSG, of which he is a founder. He has over 25 years of private equity investment experience and, together with the partners of TSG, built one of the first consumer-focused private equity funds in the United States. Mr. Esserman helps oversee current and prospective portfolio investments for TSG and is Chair of TSG’s Investment Committee. Prior to TSG, Mr. Esserman was with Bain & Company, a management consulting company. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution and the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University. Mr. Esserman received his Bachelor’s Degree in computer science engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Chris Rondeau , Chief Executive Officer

Chris Rondeau has served as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2013. He previously served as our Chief Operating Officer since 2003. Mr. Rondeau joined Planet Fitness in 1993, one year after our original founders, Michael and Marc Grondahl, started the Company in 1992. Throughout the years, he has played a critical role, working side by side with them to develop and refine the unique, low-cost/high-value business model and lean operating system that we believe revolutionized both the fitness and franchising industry.

David P. Berg

David P. Berg joined our board of directors in September 2015. He is the chief executive officer of GoGothi, LLC, a Florida-based real estate development firm. Between May 2015 and February 2017, Mr. Berg served as the chief executive officer of Carlson Hospitality Group where he led The Carlson Corporate Center and managed the global hotel business. Prior to that, Mr. Berg served as chief executive officer and chief customer service officer for the fastest growing reseller of Verizon services. Previously, he worked as executive vice president and president of Outback Steakhouse International, overseeing more than 200 restaurants in 20 countries. Additionally, Mr. Berg served as chief operating officer of GNC. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Best Buy International. Mr. Berg currently serves on the board of directors for the Miller Retailing Center at the University of Florida and The Rezidor Hotel Group. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Emory University and a law degree, with honors, from the University Of Florida College Of Law.

Frances Gregg Rathke

Frances Gregg Rathke has served on our board of directors since August 2016. Mrs. Rathke previously served as chief financial officer and treasurer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. for 12 years, where she was responsible for leading the Company’s finance organization, overseeing $1.5 billion in acquisitions and playing a leading role in capital raises and strategic investments. Prior to Keurig Green Mountain, she was interim chief financial officer for Wild Oats Markets, Inc. Prior to her role at Wild Oats, Mrs. Rathke served as chief financial officer and secretary for 11 years at Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. where she oversaw the company’s overall financial plans, policies and procedures, after serving there as controller. Mrs. Rathke is a current member of the Board of Directors of Green Mountain Power Corporation and the Flynn Center for Performing Arts. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the School of Business at the University of Vermont.

Craig Benson

Governor Craig R. Benson has served on our board of directors since July 2017. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Soft Draw Investments, LLC. He also previously served as the 79th Governor of the State of New Hampshire. During his tenure, the Cato Institute recognized Governor Benson as the most effective new governor in the country, as well as the second most effective of all governors nationwide. In 1983, Governor Benson co-founded Cabletron Systems, Inc., a leading provider of networking solutions, and thereafter served as its Chairman from 1983 to July 1999. Governor Benson served at various times as Cabletron’s CEO, COO and President, helping take the company from a garage start-up to a publicly traded company with 7000 employees and annual sales exceeding $1.6 billion. He currently serves as Trustee of Lahey Health System, Inc. and is a Member of the Board of Trustees at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Trustees of Babson College. He previously served as a Director of Sycamore Networks Inc. from October 2007 to April 1, 2013. Governor Benson graduated from Babson College with a degree in Finance and completed an MBA in Operations Management from Syracuse University. He also holds honorary degrees from Dartmouth College, the University of New Hampshire and Grand Valley State University.