top of page


  • Matthew Spencer - Tech Journalist

Peloton's boss John Foley steps down: Stock market spectating primary concerns

Peloton Interactive, Inc., an American exercise equipment and media company, speculates a diverse portfolio in stock prices as the CEO reported to step down. Among countless founder-led tech companies worldwide, Peloton is a big one. The company saw an even more considerable profit margin as people practised social distancing and remained home. They needed Peloton's advanced exercise equipment's to stay fit right inside their own house.

Peloton's founder CEO John Foley stepped down on 8 February, followed by a long career as a decision-maker. Since its foundation in 2012, John led the head of teams for Pelotons marketing, advertising, manufacturing, distributing, and eventually following the revenue sheet. With Foley's departure, rumours gathered around on any company's view on "founder-led" property.

Along with John Foley's stepping down, the company is shaking off 2,800 jobs, about one-fifth of the total corporate workforce. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, BBC, and other reputed vendors confirmed the news with a direct follow-up from Blackwell's Capital pressure.

Blackwell's Capital had an activist investor that called out beforehand on Foley's departure. Former CFO of Spotify, Barry McCarthy, will replace Foley and serve as the company's executive chairman.

Amid the coronavirus recovery period, the job slashing may hurt employees' financial careers as the financial takeover company is taking drastic actions. On CNBC's appearance of founder John Foley, two months after Peloton's IPO, he talked about "predictability of the revenue" as his company has things figured out. He also said, "we know how to grow and stick the landings on what we tell the Street, what we tell our board and our investors, how we're going to grow." The interview took place on 5 November 2019. Even though it was years back, there was no sign of Foley's stepping down.

The tone was different on the company's 2022 fiscal quarter turnover event, which took place on 8 February. Foley acknowledged that the company had "made missteps along the way." On the CEO replacement note, Foley added, "I have always thought there has to be a better CEO for Peloton than me; Barry is more perfectly suited than anybody I could've imagined." While it is a warm gesture from one to another, drastic changes in its movement came out shockingly.

Even though CEO was hopeful for a significant turnaround on the pandemic business, the stock price dropped more than 73 per cent over the last year. Questions such as if Foley would hold on to Peloton's IPO or the journey became a HIIT and hills ride.

It is not the first significant company founding leads to find something more suited for their time. We saw Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stepping down after 20 years of leading the sheer of a company.

We also saw Groupon founder Andrew Mason fired from being CEO after starting in 2013. It was only 18 months since the company launched its IPO.

Is IPO a culprit, and do founding leads need to be scared of the momentum? Not all company's future is the same, and it goes sideways for top decision-makers. They hold themselves accountable most of the time for failures, even if they give the whole team benefit on gains.

William Lynch, Peloton's President, will also step down but remain on the board. Erik Blachford, director since 2015, will leave the board. According to The Wall Street Journal, Airbnb's former CMO Jonathan Mildenhall will join as the new director for Peloton and Angel Mendez, director of an AI firm.

Amazon and Nike, among others, are looking for significant acquisitions for equipment or exercise technology vendors. Since the stock price dropped, similar firms made the total valuation a lucrative acquisition target.

Previous cover on a bug found in Peloton's API may leak sensitive user data.


bottom of page