On Wednesday morning, Lululemon Chief Financial Officer John Currie showed up to Times Square to ring the Nasdaq opening bell. Officially the visit was part of Nasdaq's annual "Fit Week," but it was also apt timing from a symbolic perspective. The Canadian yogawear company announced Wednesday afternoon that it has found a successor for Currie, who made public his impending retirement at the end of the fiscal year in June.
His name is Stuart C. Haselden, and he comes from J.Crew, where he's served as chief financial officer and executive vice president since May 2012. He arrived at the preppy retailer from Saks in 2006 as the vice president of financial planning and analysis, meaning he was there for J.Crew's international push into London, weathered that period early last year when the company considered a sale to Fast Retailing, and has been dealing with the recent troubles with its women's collection. Lululemon, for its part, is about a year into its own turnaround efforts, after CEO Laurent Potdevin came on board last January.
Haselden begins in his new role on Feb. 2. In the meantime, here are a few fun tidbits to chew over, graciously provided by Lululemon's PR team: A former U.S. Army officer, Haselden is an "avid skier and runner and also enjoys cycling and outdoor activities with his wife and three children."