Personalities (updated May 11, 2016 5:00 PM)

Personalities (updated May 11, 2017 5.00 PM)

US Under Armour announces changes to Senior Management Team

Under Armour announced organizational changes to its senior management team. Henry Stafford, Chief Merchandising Officer, has decided to leave Under Armour after six years of service. Stafford first joined Under Armour in 2010, leading the Company’s Apparel team, eventually becoming President of North America, before his appointment to Chief Merchandising Officer in December 2014. He will be leaving Under Armour in July 2016

Under Armour Logo“Since joining us in 2010, Henry has been an incredible partner and helped us build our brand and tell our story.  First through his leadership in Apparel, then by heading up our North America business, and most recently by driving merchandising of our products throughout the world.  I would like to thank Henry for his strong leadership and contributions over the years,” said Kevin Plank, Under Armour’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Kip Fulks will assume the Chief Merchandising Officer responsibilities on an interim basis. In November 2015, the Company announced that Fulks was assuming a new role at the Company, focusing on key development areas for the business. In that capacity he assumed oversight responsibility for all global marketing efforts across the Company while leading the Company’s search efforts for a new Chief Marketing Officer. Fulks will now expand his responsibilities to include oversight of product, innovation and merchandising.

The Company also announced that Michael Lee, co-founder of MyFitnessPal, will be assuming the responsibilities of Chief Digital Officer as Robin Thurston will be leaving the Company in July 2016.  Thurston first joined Under Armour in December 2013 in connection with the Company’s acquisition of MapMyFitness, while Mr. Lee joined Under Armour in March 2015 with the acquisition of MyFitnessPal.  Lee currently serves as Senior Vice President, North America Digital, overseeing digital product strategy for Under Armour Connected Fitness(TM). Mr. Lee has been a critical leader on Under Armour’s broader Connected Fitness strategy, and will help the brand continue to push the boundaries changing the way athletes live.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Robin for his vision and leadership in building the Under Armour Connected Fitness community from the ground up, helping us grow from the original MapMyFitness platform, to what has now become the world’s largest digital health and fitness community, with over 160 million unique registered users across multiple platforms,” said Plank.

Under Armour, the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels.  The Under Armour Connected Fitness(TM) platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal.  The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland.


Univar names Stephen D. Newlin as President and CEO

Univar Inc., a global chemical distributor and provider of value-added services, announced today the appointment of Stephen D. Newlin as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 31, 2016. Newlin has served on the Univar Board of Directors since 2014

Newlin (63) is a deeply accomplished executive with more than 35 years of world-class experience in the chemical industry. He previously served asNewlin Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PolyOne Corporation from 2006 – 2014, where he led the company’s transformation into a leading global polymer producer with $4 billion of annual revenues. Newlin currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board for PolyOne, a role from which he will be retiring as of May 12, 2016. From 2003 to 2006, Newlin was President, Industrial Sector at Ecolab, Inc. He previously spent 24 years at Nalco Chemical Company in positions of increasing responsibility. He served as President and Director of Nalco from 1998 to 2001, and was President, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice Chairman from 2000 to 2001. Newlin currently serves on the boards of directors of The Chemours Company and Oshkosh Corporation.

“I am honoured to have been selected to lead Univar,” said Newlin. “I am excited to continue working with this talented and dedicated team in a new leadership capacity to accelerate profitable growth, further develop our leadership team, and deliver service excellence for our customers, all the while building shareholder value.”

Newlin succeeds Erik Fyrwald, who announced on May 2, 2016, his voluntary resignation as President and Chief Executive Officer, and from the Board of Directors of Univar, effective May 31, 2016, to become Chief Executive Officer of another company. Mr. Newlin will be based at Univar’s corporate headquarters in Downers Grove.

“This was a deeply personal decision because of my sincere fondness for Univar and all of its dedicated and capable employees,” said Fyrwald. “As I look back over the past 4 years as CEO, I am proud of the significant progress we have made together in positioning Univar to grow by strengthening our commercial capabilities, supply chain operations, and services businesses. However, I also make this decision knowing that Univar is in the best of hands with Steve Newlin. During his remarkable career, Steve has repeatedly demonstrated that he has the leadership and experience required to drive greatness within companies, as he has done with PolyOne, and will make a seamless transition into his new leadership role.”

Univar Chairman William S. Stavropoulos added, “Steve is uniquely qualified to lead Univar and has built an impressive record of accomplishment and growth throughout his 37-year career in the chemical and distribution industry. He has also been an effective and highly constructive member of the Board of Directors, demonstrating strategic vision, deep industry insights, and the ability to bring people together. We are grateful to Erik for his strong leadership and many accomplishments while serving as Univar’s CEO and wish him equal success with his new endeavour. At the same time, the Board is very pleased that under Steve’s leadership we will continue to move our company forward to the next level of profitable growth.”

Founded in 1924, Univar is a global distributor of specialty and basic chemicals from more than 8000 producers worldwide. Univar operates more than 800 distribution facilities throughout North America, Western Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, supported by a global network of sales and technical professionals. With a broad portfolio of products and value-added services, and deep technical and market expertise, Univar delivers the tailored solutions customers need through one of the most extensive chemical distribution networks in the world.


US Academy Sports + Outdoors Names new Chief Marketing Officer

Academy, Ltd. Academy Sports + Outdoors (“Academy”), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, named Thomas “Tom” Lamb Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, effective May 23, 2016

Tom, 50, joins Academy after 17 years with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. where he most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer.  At Lowe’s he led the marketing, advertising, brand management, private brand development, customer relationship management, and digital communication activities for the $59 billion retailer.  During his time, there he also held roles including Vice President, Marketing as well as Director, Consumer Marketing.  Prior to Lowe’s, he served in various leadership roles at ING Financial, Thomson Reuters and BBDO. Tom earned both a bachelor’s degree in Economics and also a master’s in Marketing from the Univ. of Minnesota.

“I’m humbled and thrilled by the opportunity to join the Academy Sports + Outdoors team, and I look forward to getting to know our team members, agency partners, and vendors as we collaborate to become a national, regionally relevant, locally merchandised, sporting goods, outdoor and lifestyle retail store of choice for our customers,” says Tom Lamb.  “The sporting goods industry has reached an inflection point, and I believe Academy Sports + Outdoors is poised to drive greater brand awareness, capture additional market share, as well as enhance our omnichannel and ecommerce offering to better serve our customers.” 

Tom has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and strategy.

“On behalf of our 24000 team members, I am thrilled to welcome Tom to the team,” says J.K. Symancyk, Academy Sports + Outdoors President and CEO.  “Tom’s impressive background and wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to delivering a superior retail brand experience for our customers is unparalleled.  This will serve the Academy Sports + Outdoors team well as we focus on building our customer engagement and advocacy and positioning ourselves for the next phase of growth.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a unique assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4.6 billion company operates over 200 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices.  

New Secretary General at IWTO

IWTO International Wool Textile Organisation announces the appointment of its new Secretary General, Dalena White.

Bringing with her a wide range of experience in marketing, retail and fashion, Dalena will take up the role as of May 17, 2016 at which time the current Secretary General, Elisabeth van Delden, will step down to pursue new career goals.

Dalena WhiteDalena’s background includes working as a designer and pattern maker to two successful design studios, and for a number of years serving on the board of Sweet-Orr and Lybro, a leader in the protective clothing business, as Merchandise Director for men’s, women’s and children’s denim/cotton garments.

More recently she has served as Marketing Consultant for Cape Wools SA, promoting Merino wool with retailers and designers, building brand awareness and educating consumers about the unique properties of wool. She has curated exhibitions such as Design Indaba and Wool Week South Africa.

Dalena was chosen in a competitive selection process from a strong field of international candidates. Background knowledge of wool and the wool industry combined with experience for marketing, trends and retail made Dalena stand out and the Executive Committee felt these were skills that will help IWTO to deliver even better services to IWTO members.

“We are delighted that Dalena is joining IWTO to continue our goal of creating a sustainable future for wool,” said outgoing Secretary General Elisabeth van Delden. “We are confident that she will carry forward all that has been achieved over the past years to establish IWTO as the key platform in support of the wool textile industry.”

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