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Julien Born

Julien is president & ceo of The LYCRA Company and leads its overall operations and ambitious growth plans. Julien 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. Previously, he spent eight years in Shanghai and Hong Kong serving as Asia executive vice president for INVISTA Apparel & Advanced Textiles. Julien has had a diverse 24-year career in the US, Europe, and Asia, as both an executive in large multinational companies such as DuPont and INVISTA and as a business owner, having co-founded and served as managing director of MODA Marketing & Licensing, a full-service corporate licensing agency. Julien holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and a Swiss baccalaureate degree.

Nicolas Banyols

Nicolas is the chief commercial officer for The LYCRA Company. In this role, he is responsible for driving business strategy and execution along the global value chain to ensure functional integration and alignment to drive commercial success. A native of France, Nicolas is an experienced sales leader with a 25-year track record across large multinational corporations. He joined The LYCRA Company in 2008 and has held various marketing and commercial roles, including, most recently, vice president of apparel for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and South Asia. Previously, Nicolas spent 13 years working in sales across the paper and technical packaging industry. Nicolas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master’s degree in Marketing from the Paris School of Business.

Scott Blackadar

Scott is president of The LYCRA Company’s personal care business. Scott held several roles at INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles division before it became The LYCRA Company. Overall, he has 25 years of management experience with The LYCRA Company, INVISTA, AT Kearney, Arthur Andersen and MediaOne. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Vincent Hu

As vice president of asia, apparel, and president of the APAC region, Vincent leads all commercial activities in Asia. He primarily focuses on achieving our company purpose and driving topline growth via the development of long-term value for both the export business and the domestic China apparel retail market. Vincent has over 23 years of experience in sales and marketing for different products and projects such as Lubricants, Water Treatment, Fluorine, and Specialty Chemicals. Before joining The LYCRA Company and its predecessor company in 2013, he worked for Mobile Oil, DOW Chemical, GE, Honeywell, and Vertellus. Vincent holds a dual Bachelor's Degree in Polymer Materials & Engineering and Industry Engineering Management from Shanghai Jiaotong University and a Juris Master’s Degree from Fudan University.

Sandra Lyle

As executive vice president of human resources, Sandra leads all aspects of HR for The LYCRA Company, including compensation and benefits. She joined its predecessor company, INVISTA, in 2004, where she supported European-based businesses as HR Director. Previously, Sandra worked for 15 years at Desmond’s, a Northern Ireland-based apparel company, in various HR roles, where she had responsibility for management development. As the HR lead for Desmond’s outerwear division, Sandra oversaw six manufacturing plants in Ireland and Turkey. Sandra holds an honors degree in social science from the University of Ulster and a post-graduate diploma from the Institute of Personnel and Development.

Dan Rikard

Dan has global responsibility for legal, corporate secretarial, intellectual property, and ethics and compliance matters as chief legal officer for The LYCRA Company. Dan joined the company in August 2018 as general counsel for its predecessor, INVISTA Apparel & Advanced Textiles. He has over 28 years of business and legal experience, with over 15 years serving as the chief legal officer for global businesses. Dan started his career at the law firm Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Davidson College.

Ji Wei Shao

Based in Shanghai, Ji Wei is the chief operating officer overseeing The LYCRA Company's global operations, including plant operations, supply chain, logistics, and information technology organizations. Previously, he held the chief strategy officer role, where he was responsible for strategy and corporate development for The LYCRA Company. Ji Wei has extensive experience in strategic and capital markets transactions across regions. Ji Wei holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Global Professional Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Finance degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Steve Stewart

Steve is the chief brand and innovation officer for The LYCRA Company. In his role, he is responsible for the leadership of our integrated Technology and Strategic Marketing teams and tasked with accelerating the pace and impact of innovative products and platforms for Brands and Retailers. Prior to this role, Steve was based in Shanghai, China, for eight years and led commercial operations as the VP of the Asia region with the formation of The LYCRA Company. Steve has over 25 years of experience in the textile fiber and apparel business, including positions in operations, technical, sales, and marketing. Before his career with INVISTA and The LYCRA Company, he worked for BOEING, DUPONT, and WL GORE & ASSOCIATES. Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. 

Dean Williams

Dean oversees finance and accounting capabilities for The LYCRA Company as chief financial officer. Previously, Dean has held various finance and accounting leadership roles with INVISTA Apparel & Advanced Textiles in the U.K., and served as finance director in its Geneva, Switzerland office before moving to the United States in 2010. He has over 25 years of experience in finance and leadership roles with INVISTA, DuPont and Imperial Chemical Industries. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in science from University of South Wales.