Alison Rappaport
Director, Public Relations

Equinox Appoints Vimla Black Gupta As Chief Marketing Officer

Estee Lauder Alum Joins Luxury Lifestyle Leader
During Continued International Expansion

NEW YORK, NY (December 5, 2017) – Equinox, the high-performance lifestyle leader, today announced that Vimla Black Gupta, formerly senior vice president of global marketing at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, has been named Chief Marketing Officer of Equinox Fitness Clubs.

Gupta will oversee marketing strategy development and execution on behalf of Equinox and its growing portfolio of 91 fitness club locations, reporting directly to Niki Leondakis, Chief Executive Officer of Equinox Fitness Clubs.

“As a gifted brand marketer with strong lifestyle credentials, Vimla will be an invaluable asset to the team as we continue to set the standard for luxury fitness and inspire fresh conversations about high performance living,” said Niki Leondakis, Chief Executive Officer of Equinox. “Her global perspective and entrepreneurial instincts will be especially important as we expand into new markets and drive innovations that further enhance our member experience.”

Gupta brings more than 25 years of marketing expertise to Equinox, most recently leading the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics business at Estee Lauder as senior vice president of global marketing. There she managed, led and created the product, consumer and digital marketing strategy for the $1 Billion brand. Prior to her four-year tenure with Bobbi Brown, she held the position of vice president, new brand development of Idea Bank, the Estee Lauder Companies’ in-house innovation unit. Gupta has also held key marketing leadership roles at Procter and Gamble and the Gilette Companies.

“As a marketer, it is rare to receive an opportunity to lead a brand that is so meaningfully ingrained both physically and emotionally in its members’ daily lives,” said Gupta. “Fitness has always been central to who I am personally, so I look forward to deepening the Equinox narrative during this pivotal time in the organization’s growth.”

Gupta, who will be based at Equinox’s headquarters in New York City, will also oversee portfolio brands including Furthermore from Equinox, PROJECT by Equinox and Pure Yoga.


Equinox operates 91 upscale, full-service clubs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Houston, and Washington, DC, as well as international locations in London, Toronto, and Vancouver. The company offers an integrated selection of Equinox-branded programs, services and products, including strength and cardio training, studio classes, personal training, spa services and products, apparel and food/juice bars. Launching in 2019, Equinox Hotels will cater exclusively to the high-performance traveler to serve as the ultimate hotel destination with a 360-degree lifestyle experience. For more than 25 years, Equinox has consistently offered bespoke experiences and unparalleled services to consumers, developing a lifestyle brand that represents service, value, quality, expertise, innovation, attention to detail, market leadership and results.