Phillip Mills is the Founder, Owner and CEO of Les Mills International, the world’s largest distributor and leading creator of branded group-exercise programming for health clubs.
A former international track and field competitor, he attended UCLA on an athletic scholarship and graduated in philosophy. On his return to New Zealand, he became one of the pioneers of the international fitness industry and a driving force behind the popularization of the modern group fitness experience.
Today, millions of people attend Les Mills classes every week around the world. Phillip’s business success and contribution to the fitness industry was recognized by the Australian Fitness Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year New Zealand Award 2004.
In addition, Phillip is committed to combatting global obesity and advocating for sustainable business. In 2007, he and his wife, Dr Jackie Mills co-wrote and published the acclaimed book Fighting Globesity – A Practical Guide to Personal Health and Global Sustainability.
In 2011, Phillip co-founded Pure Advantage alongside some of New Zealand’s most prominent business leaders to lobby for green economic policy.