In a press release on August 21, IHRSA announced the Board of Directors has appointed Brent Darden as interim president and CEO, effective immediately.
Darden has an extensive background in fitness industry leadership roles, and has served on the IHRSA Board of Directors, as Nominations Committee Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Chairperson of the Board, and Ex-Officio from 2010 through 2015. In that time, he has advised several fitness brands and delivered keynote presentations around the world on several topics, including leadership, employee engagement, customer experience, strategy and brand frameworks.
“I’ve had the privilege to know Brent for 25 years and his experience in the fitness industry as an owner, educator, speaker, board member and leader are bar none,” said Brad Wilkins, an IHRSA board member, about Darden’s appointment as interim CEO. “The IHRSA Board of Directors are excited to work with Brent and the IHRSA staff to continue its 40-year history of growing, protecting and promoting the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with the benefits that will help them be more successful than ever before.”
Darden’s appointment follows Joe Moore’s departure as president and CEO of IHRSA days earlier. Moore had served as president and CEO since 2006.