Calvin McDonald has been named CEO of the beloved Canadian athleisure brand, Lululemon, replacing Laurent Potdevon, who resigned in February amidst conduct violation allegations. He will officially assume this new role, in addition to becoming a member of the company’s board of directors, on August 20th.

McDonald comes to Lulu from Sephora, where he was the president and CEO of the retailer’s Americas division. Before that, he was president and CEO of Sears Canada.

“I’m joining Lululemon at an exciting time, with the brand’s strong business momentum, guest loyalty, and passionate employees,” McDonald said in a statement.

McDonald is known for transitioning Sephora to a “mobile-first” brand and is expected to take a similar approach with the Vancouver-based brand, a key move as consumers are shifting their shopping online.

The new CEO, a 46-year old Canadian, is predicted to bring more discipline and operational expertise as the company continues to expand, offering more men’s apparel, continuing their Kit & Ace sibling-brand, and growing further into foreign markets.

In April, the yogawear giant also appointed a new CFO, Patrick Guido.

We hope this change of leadership will continue to push Lulu into a more positive direction – one that continues their positive community involvement without selling see-through pants.

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