NEW YORK (July 25, 2023) — Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential, has recruited Jim Pisani as the new chief executive officer of Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, game tables, and furnishings. Sponsored by KPS Capital Partners (KPS) and headquartered in Rosemont, IL, their equipment is distributed to over 250,000 fitness facilities in more than 160 countries.

Life Fitness is on a continuous growth journey with partnership from KPS, focused on executing a strategic plan centered around a mission to inspire healthier lives. Together, they build upon a long and successful history of product development and technology leadership, with the goal of providing the highest-quality solutions and services for fitness facilities and consumers. As CEO, Pisani will partner with senior leadership and the KPS team to deliver on the company’s next phase of growth with a focus on quality, innovation, and customer service.

Pisani has 25+ years of experience leading global expansions for outdoor, recreation, and sports apparel brands. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer of the outdoor and creation business segment of Newell Brands, where he led the growth and development of iconic brands including Coleman, Marmot, Contigo and Campingaz. Pisani has also held leadership roles at Timberland and Licensed Sports Group and executed growth strategies for major consumer brands including PepsiCo and Kraft.

Kevin O’Neill, co-founder, managing partner, and leader of Acertitude’s Industrial practice, led the search in collaboration with Jay Bernstein, partner at KPS. In addition to Board & CEO, the team has functional capabilities that span Corporate & Financial Officers, Operations & Supply Chain, Transformation & Restructuring, Commercial Officers, and Technology & Cyber Officers.

“Jim’s strong business development and strategic branding background, coupled with his track record of building winning cultures, makes him an excellent fit to lead Life Fitness through its next stage of expansion,” said O’Neill. “We look forward to growing our strong partnership with KPS and Life Fitness as they continue to deliver on their industry-leading reputation for excellence and innovation.”

Acertitude has served as strategic partners to KPS for nearly a decade, placing over 100 executives across the portfolio, with recent Board and C-suite placements for AIS Global, Briggs & Stratton, C&D Technologies, Lufkin Industries, Primient, and more. To date, Acertitude has executed 11 successful searches for Life Fitness.