Soho House founder Nick Jones steps down as CEO

Nick Jones, the founder of Soho House, is to step down from the company now known as Membership Collective Group (MCG).

Jones, who has led the company since founding Soho House as a single location in London in 1995, will be replaced by the company’s president Andrew Carnie.

The change comes after talks between Jones, Ron Burkle executive chairman and the board, regarding long-term succession plans as well as Jones’s recent diagnosis and successful recovery from prostate cancer. Jones will continue with MCG in a founder role.

MCG has grown to become a global membership platform with 38 Soho Houses and associated brands. It has 211,000 members globally.

What they said

Nick Jones, current CEO of MCG, said: “Over the last 27 years I have run Soho House and more recently MCG by always putting members at the heart of everything we do. I am so proud of what we have achieved and grateful to all the teams who have helped us get to where we are today. With an experienced and talented leadership team in place, it’s the right time for me to step down as CEO and spend more time doing what I love: designing new Houses, creating a fantastic membership experience and motivating our people.

Ron Burkle, executive chairman of MCG, said: “Nick’s vision has created and scaled a membership platform unlike any other. We are extremely thankful for his longstanding energy and commitment as CEO and look forward to his continued inspiration and involvement as founder. We have been working diligently behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition and are confident in the company’s leadership moving forward.”

Andrew Carnie incoming CEO said: “Soho House is an iconic brand set apart by its longevity, unique design aesthetic and incredible member loyalty. I am excited to be stepping into the role of CEO and continuing to add value to our members’ experience, while driving the profitability of the business and seizing the potential ahead of us.”