Sandeep Mathrani, the former CEO of Brookfield Properties‘ retail group, is taking the helm, the company announced Sunday.
Mathrani will succeed co-CEOs Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham, both of whom served together in an interim basis after Neumann’s departure. He will report to Softbank’s Marcelo Claure, who will remain executive chairman.
“Over the past 100 days since I joined WeWork, we have made tremendous progress strengthening the business,” Claure said in a statement. “As an important first step, we have recapitalized the business and have a plan that will provide us access to in excess of $2.5 billion in liquidity to execute our growth plans.”
“With a strong liquidity position in place, we have also established a five-year, growth-led transformation plan that we believe will position WeWork to achieve profitability on an adjusted EBITDA basis by 2021 and positive free cash flow in 2022,” Claure added. “We continue to make important changes to implement a strong management team that better enables the company to execute.”
Last year, WeWork filed an S-1 document with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, announcing its intention to go public. After the filing was scrutinized and revealed significant losses, the company shelved initial public offering plans. Eventually, SoftBank, its biggest investor, took over a significant chunk of the company and Neumann stepped away.
Mathrani has deep ties to the real estate industry. Prior to his executive role with Brookfield Properties, he served as CEO of GCP, president of retail for Vornado Realty Trust and an executive vice president at Forest City Ratner, where he also oversaw the company’s growing retail property portfolio.
“I am honored to be joining WeWork at this pivotal time in its history,” Mathrani said. “The Company has redefined how people and companies approach work with an innovative platform, exceptionally talented team and significant potential if we stick to our shared values and maintain our members-first focus.”