April 22 (Reuters) - Gildan Activewear recommended the election of two Browning West nominees to its board on Monday, ahead of its annual and special shareholder meeting on May 28.

The Canadian clothing maker's board has been clashing with activist fund Browning West, which owns 5% of Gildan, following the ouster of co-founder and CEO Glenn Chamandy in December.

In January, Browning West escalated its fight with Gildan, expanding its list of board candidates to eight from five and called an annual and special shareholder meeting amid the ongoing dispute to replace a majority of its board members and reinstate Chamandy as CEO.

On Monday, the board recommended the election of Karen Stuckey and J.P. Towner, nominated by Browning West. It also appointed five new independent directors to its board effective May 1, 2024.

Gildan had said in March its board decided to put the company up for sale and is in talks with multiple bidders.

The company added on Monday that external interest in an acquisition persists and the process is ongoing.

(Reporting by Annett Mary Manoj in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)