Lululemon Founder Leaves Board
CBJ – Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson is resigning from the company’s board of directors after a past couple of years that have been tumultuous at best.
“I believe that now is the right time to step away,” Wilson said in a statement.
Wilson, who founded the yoga-wear retailer in 1998, withdrew from day-to-day management in early 2012, and stepped down as chairman in late 2013, but stayed on as a director.
In early 2013, the company was hit by a high-profile recall of its yoga pants after complaints mounted that they were too easy to see-through. Wilson briefly returned to take a more active role in operations.
The fallout from the recall led to departures of top executives and a public relations nightmare.
The problems were compounded later that year, when Wilson said fabric in some pants was not holding up because “some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” for Lululemon’s clothing, citing that their thighs rubbed together.
His comments sparked an uproar, in part because of the perception that Wilson was blaming quality issues on customers. He later tried to make amends for the comments, but some people weren’t accepting his apology.