lululemon athletica's founder Dennis "Chip" Wilson is sniffing around options to take the company private, people with knowledge of the matter said last week. Wilson has met with private equity firms, including Leonard Green & Partners, to explore his options, although no deal is currently in the offering, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
lululemon Athletica founder Dennis Wilson voted against the re-election of board members Michael Casey and RoAnn Costin, saying he found the board too heavily weighted toward short-term results. "I am concerned that the board is not aligned with the core values of product and innovation on which lululemon was founded," Wilson, who owns 27 percent of the the athletic-wear company, said in a statement. The yoga-clothing retailer has been working to regain shoppers' loyalty after it recalled one of its most popular
lululemon won dismissal of claims that shareholders lost $2 billion because the athletic-wear company misled them about quality problems with its products, including bleeding colors and see-through yoga pants. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan dismissed shareholder claims against the Vancouver-based company, founder and director Dennis Wilson and former chief executive officer Christine McCormick Day. Forrest ruled the investors failed to show that statements made by company officials about product quality were false and misleading.