Wendy Bennison has been named president of Kit and Ace, the Vancouver-based retailer cofounded by Shannon and J.J. Wilson, the wife and son of Lululemon Athletic founder Chip Wilson.

Interim chief executive officer Paul Wilson will resume his role as ceo of Hold It All Inc.

Hold It All Inc. is the Wilson family’s holding company that owns Low Tide Properties, Kit and Ace, Whil and imagine1day.

Most recently, Bennison was president and chief operating officer of Roots Canada Ltd., where her primary focus was the expansion of the company’s category portfolio. Earlier, she was senior vice president at Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Canada’s largest specialty apparel and footwear store network with more than 400 locations and 8,500 employees. She spearheaded the company’s expansion into the women’s category.

Bennison has direct experience in areas that Kit and Ace is focused on developing, such as e-commerce, store design and human resource development.

“We feel very fortunate to have Wendy on board,” said Paul Wilson, who is not related to company founders Shannon and J.J. Wilson. “She is a proven leader with an incredible depth of knowledge in the retail marketplace — both here in Canada and internationally.”

The Vancouver-based high performance activewear company was launched in July 2014. Today it has an established online presence and about 60 locations across North America, Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan.

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