(VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA) MARCH 14, 2017 –Global footwear brand Native Shoes today announced the appointment of Kyle Housman as its new President.
Housman is a recent veteran of lululemon's international executive team and has returned to Vancouver where he will report to and collaborate with Native Co-Owner and CEO, Scott Hawthorn.
Housman will proceed Darren Hawrish, who helped scale Native's business over the last four years as President. Hawrish will remain in an advisory position on the Beast Free* brand's Board of Directors.
"Kyle has an incredible reputation and the right mix of global experience to lead Native into our next phase of growth," said Hawthorn. "We have exciting plans for the brand and incredible momentum; we believe Kyle will be instrumental to realizing our future and further spreading our Keep it Lite message."
Housman brings leadership and retail experience to complement the existing Native team. Most recently, he led lululemon's Australian expansion before relocating back to Vancouver. Housman is a graduate of both James Madison University, where he earned his B.A. and Olin Graduate School of Business a Babson College, where he earned his M.B.A.
"I have long admired the Native brand. It is fun, inclusive, thought-provoking and has always pushed the limits of design," said Housman. "The passion within the team is infectious and I am excited to be a part of a brand with so much opportunity in front of it."
ABOUT NATIVE SHOES
Enlightened by the past and shaped for the future, Native Shoes is a global footwear brand creating accessible, easy-to-wear silhouettes for today's stomping grounds. Born out of the temperate rainforests of Vancouver, Canada in 2009, Native concocts its signature Future Classics recipe by combining innovation, originality, and the key ingredient —lite-ness. The result is a section of iconic styles paired with the best of evolving technology.
ABOUT BEAST FREE*
Beast Free has been an integral part of our DNA since day one. Not a single hair nor hide on any animal, anywhere, has been used in the creation of our product. We are proud of that, and have been awarded the PETA Approved Vegan certification. Beast Free means respecting our animal and human friends equally.