Lululemon selects former Sears Canada, Loblaw executive as CEO

Lululemon selects former Sears Canada, Loblaw executive as CEO
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VANCOUVER — Lululemon Athletica Inc. has chosen former Sears Canada CEO Calvin McDonald as its new chief executive officer.

The Vancouver-based clothing company says McDonald has served as president and CEO of Americas for cosmetics boutique Sephora for the past five years.

McDonald was chosen after an executive search beginning in February, when then CEO Laurent Potdevin suddenly stepped down after the company said he “fell short” of its standards of conduct.

The Canadian-born McDonald earned his MBA at the University of Toronto and prior to joining Sephora in 2013, he spent two years as president and CEO of Sears Canada and 17 years in various roles with Loblaw Companies Ltd.

McDonald will be paid an initial base salary of US$1.25-million and will be eligible to receive, among other things, an annual target performance bonus of 150 per cent of the base salary and equity rewards equal to US$6-million, according to regulatory documents.

McDonald is set to assume the CEO role on Aug. 20, and will become a member of Lululemon’s board of directors.

The Canadian Press

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