WeWork, the world’s leading space-as-a-service platform, today announced that Kimberly Ross will be stepping down as Chief Financial Officer at the end of this month for personal reasons. Effective October 1, Benjamin Dunham will assume the role of CFO, after serving as CFO of WeWork Americas for the past two years. Dunham brings more than 20 years of experience to this position and will report directly to Sandeep Mathrani, Chief Executive Officer. Ross will stay on through the end of October to assist with the transition.
In his new role, Dunham will lead WeWork’s financial planning and analysis, investor relations and corporate finance functions on a global basis.
“I am grateful to have Ben join the executive team at WeWork, continuing to build on the strong foundation laid by Kimberly. With Ben’s previous experience leading global companies and his current role as CFO of WeWork Americas, I feel confident that he has the experience, leadership capabilities and vision to help WeWork achieve long-term success, streamline our expenses and ultimately achieve our financial goals,” said Chief Executive Officer Sandeep Mathrani.
“It’s a momentous time to be at WeWork, as the value of flexible space has never been stronger. With the hard work that our company has undertaken over the past year, we are well on the path to profitability and I look forward to partnering with Sandeep and the leadership team to achieve our vision,” said Benjamin Dunham, appointed CFO at WeWork.
As CFO of WeWork Americas, Benjamin has played a critical role in developing processes and controls to enable improved business performance and effective capital allocation. Prior to joining WeWork in 2018, he spent twelve years with Yum Brands where during his tenure he served as CFO of Pizza Hut Asia in 2013 and later as Head of Finance for Pizza Hut United States in 2016. His early experience included roles in mergers & acquisitions, investor relations, and business analytics. Prior to Yum Brands, Ben spent five years at Macy’s, Inc.
Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Miami and a MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance and Strategic Management.
WeWork provides members with space, community, and services through physical and virtual offerings. As of 2020 second-quarter close, WeWork has 843 locations, in 150 cities and 38 countries across the world, as well as 612,000 memberships — with Enterprise representing 48% of that total.