Co-Working Giant When Once Again Seeking Director to Recruit Global Firms Following Departure of RT Bowden
Less than a month after beginning as WeWork’s Southeast director of enterprise recruitment, RT Bowden has left the co-working and shared area juggernaut.
Bowden informed CoStar News today he no longer serves as WeWork’s Southeast enterprise business development director, a position he has held because early July. A WeWork spokesperson verified the departure and stated the company is working to fill the position once again. She declined to state why Bowden left the company after less than one month.
WeWork is left searching for a replacement as it shifts much of its focus to landing business customers for its co-working areas across the country. From September 2016 to September 2017, WeWork’s enterprise member sector increased more than 370 percent, WeWork told CoStar News. WeWork’s enterprise members inhabit from one to 12,000 desks per business.
“Big enterprises now make up the fastest-growing section of WeWork’s member base,” a WeWork spokeswoman said previously this month in an e-mail to CoStar News. Business members make up more than 25 percent of WeWork’s overall membership, and 25 percent of the Fortune 500 companies are WeWork members, the WeWork spokesperson stated.
On Monday, Mercedes-Benz officially opened its very first U.S. place of its Lab1886 innovation centers at WeWork’s location at Terminus in Buckhead. In January, when French automaker Groupe PSA announced it picked Atlanta for its North American head office, it signed for space at WeWork’s area at 1372 Peachtree St. in Midtown, also the home of WeWork’s regional headquarters. Groupe PSA owns Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and Vauxhall.
Large international business, such as Facebook, have the tendency to have heathier credit, decreasing the risk of defaulting on pricey WeWork leases. Last month, CoStar reported that Facebook signed a deal to inhabit WeWork’s single-largest area, a 450,000-square-foot mixed-use advancement in Mountain View, CA, that borders Palo Alto and the San Francisco Bay.
WeWork currently is advertising positions for Enterprise Development directors and supervisors throughout the United States, including one in San Francisco, in addition to the one in Atlanta.