Lululemon Athletica
by Stephen Garner
Lululemon Athletica
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Athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica has appointed Calvin McDonald to serve as its new chief executive officer, effective August 20. For the past five years, McDonald served as president and CEO of Americas for Sephora, an acknowledged growth engine within the LVMH family of global luxury brands. McDonald will become a member of Lululemon’s Board of Directors.

Under McDonald’s leadership, Sephora delivered double-digit growth year after year, expanded its product offerings, created new digital platforms and store experiences, and expanded in global markets, including Brazil and Mexico, as it became the recognized market leader in North and South America.

Prior to joining Sephora in 2013, McDonald spent two years as president and CEO of Sears Canada. He also honed a broad range of retail and leadership skills during a 17-year period at Loblaw Companies Ltd., the largest retailer in Canada. Among his management roles at Loblaws, McDonald led a business unit with approximately 40,000 employees responsible for $15 billion in annual revenue and expanded the President’s Choice private label brand.

“I’m joining Lululemon at an exciting time, with the brand’s strong business momentum, guest loyalty and passionate employees,” said McDonald. “I look forward to working with the talented team at Lululemon to deliver long-term growth through great product, constant innovation, and serving guests however they choose to engage with us, today and into the future.”

“Calvin McDonald has an impressive track record leading organizations through periods of significant growth and innovation. He is the ideal match for the Lululemon brand and culture given his strong consumer mindset, performance-driven approach, and success developing people,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman of the Board of Directors of Lululemon. “Each member of our Board met him during our thorough process. We’re confident Calvin will maintain the momentum in the business and take Lululemon to new heights.”

Murphy returns to serving as non-executive chairman of the Board and will ensure a smooth leadership transition. The three executives, Celeste Burgoyne, Stuart Haselden and Sun Choe, who successfully guided the day-to-day operations of Lululemon since February will report to McDonald.

“On behalf of the Board and employees of Lululemon, we all would like to thank Celeste, Stuart and Sun for their strong leadership that helped us achieve our stellar performance this year, and we look forward to their continued contributions,” added Murphy.