The leader in developing innovative solutions for the textile, apparel, and personal care industries, The Lycra Company has appointed Yafu Qiu as its new Chairman and Julien Born, Chief Commercial Officer as co-chief executive officer.
Effective April 1, 2021, the appointments follows the retirement of David Trerotola and is intended to help the company better implement its strategic development plan for the next five years and bring greater operational focus.
Born, currently the company’s chief commercial officer, will serve as co-CEO and lead the overall operations of the company and implement its ambitious growth vision. He joined the business in 2007 and, since 2018, led the company’s apparel business, where he managed the global commercial organization, helped strengthen R&D and innovation capabilities, and oversaw manufacturing assets. Prior, he had a diverse 24-year career spent in the U.S,, Europe and Asia, as both an executive in large multinational companies and as a business owner of a full-service corporate licensing agency.
Meanwhile, Qiu, in addition to continuing as chairman of The Lycra Company, will focus his co-CEO role on the company’s relationships with key stakeholders, board governance matters, strategic planning, and capital structure adjustments, including the strategy and timing of an initial public offering.