Town Sports International (TSI), New York, has hired Terry Kew as its new chief operating officer, the company announced on Monday.

Kew replaces Martin Annese, who is leaving TSI on May 11. In its Feb. 27 announcement of Annese’s departure, TSI said that Annese plans to spend more time with his family. In the interim, Annese was to continue his duties as COO and assist with the transition.

Kew had served as the COO of Fitness First Australia from 2000 to 2008 before he was promoted to Fitness First Group LTD’s Global Senior Executive Team, where he served until 2011. Kew’s responsibilities reached across 21 countries, 540 clubs and one million members in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. He helped Fitness First achieve more than $1 billion in revenue, TSI reported in a press release.

At TSI, Kew will be responsible for all of the company’s fitness club operations and will report to TSI CEO Bob Giardina. Kew begins his new job in April.

“We’re very excited to have Terry join our team as COO,” Giardina said in a statement. “I’ve known him for over 10 years, and few people in the industry have his expertise and outstanding record of success. His skills coincide perfectly with what’s truly at the core of our business—our employees and our members. We look forward to his experience and passion to help further the expansion of TSI.”

Prior to arriving at TSI, Annese had been the executive performance consultant at Woodstone Consulting Co., a management consulting firm, since 2006. Annese also held senior level positions with Starbucks and PepsiCo, and was a senior auditor at Arthur Young and Co.

TSI, which operates New York Sports Clubs, Philadelphia Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs and Washington Sports Clubs, reported $115.8 million in fourth quarter 2011 revenue, a 1.5 percent increase from $114.1 million in fourth quarter 2010, according to financials released last month. For the year, TSI generated $466.9 million in revenue, a 1 percent increase from $462.4 million in 2010.