LONDON: WeWork Chief Executive Sandeep Mathrani said on Wednesday (Jan 13) the co-working firm is "completely on track" to reach profitability by the fourth quarter of this year, and its office spaces in China have nearly bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.
Mathrani took the helm at WeWork in February to turn around the company after a disastrous period in which WeWork scrapped its initial public offering, fired its founder Adam Neumann and faced bankruptcy.
In an interview during the Reuters Next conference, Mathrani said he expects many Americans will still want to work in an office environment despite the ongoing pandemic.
"We've seen mental health reasons for people who want to come back to work ," he said. "I'm a firm believer that the office is an important part of everyday living."
WeWork locations in China "are back to virtually 90 per cent of pre-COVID levels from an occupancy perspective and leasing and demand perspective, Mathrani said.
He added that WeWork currently has US$3 billion of liquidity on its balance sheet, which is enough to carry the company through 2022.