Under Armour announces Clay Dean as Chief Innovation Officer
Today Under Armour announced on March 13, 2016, that Clay Dean has joined the Company as Chief Innovation Officer. Mr. Dean will be responsible for driving Under Armour’s global vision and strategy for Innovation, and cross-functional collaboration with its internal Design, Marketing, Product, and Category Management teams. Mr. Dean will be based out of the Company’s Global Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, and will report to Kevin Haley, President, Category Management and Innovation.
“Clay brings a unique perspective to Under Armour and deep roots in design, manufacturing and innovation that will be critical in guiding how we make and deliver products now and in the future,” said Kevin Haley. “At Under Armour, a relentless pursuit of innovation is at the core of everything we do. Adding Clay’s proven expertise further validates our commitment to meaningfully advance our ability to bring category-defining products and technology to our consumers.”
Dean joins Under Armour after more than twenty years of success at General Motors (GM), most recently leading GM’s Global Advanced Design organization. His extensive design portfolio includes leading the strategic creative vision for several of GM’s Concept Cars, serving as the Chief Designer that produced the HUMMER H2, H2 SUT and H3 programs, exploring GM’s future mobility solutions, as well as collaborating on athletic footwear projects with a major brand. Mr. Dean holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design from Brigham Young University.
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™ 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.
Swiss SSM with new CTO
Since January 2017, Christian Muser has been appointed Chief Technology Officer/ CTO at SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG in Horgen, Switzerland
SSM is the brand and trend-setter that drives the global market in winding technology. Their competence lies in the handling of yarn during the winding and yarn processing operations, to obtain best package quality that combines all the necessary characteristics.
Christian Muser holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (FH) from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW.
In 2001 Muser joined SSM and has held several positions in the technical department. With Davide Maccabruni’s transfer to the CEO of SSM AG in April 2016, Christian Muser started as ad interim head of this department and has now been appointed as a full member of the management team of SSM AG.
Change in KappAhl group management
KappAhl carries out a reorganization that involves the merging of the functions Marketing and Retail
As a result of this a new role, Vice President Customer Experience, will be recruited. The new position will be held by President and CEO, Danny Feltmann, during the introduction of the new organization. The current Vice President Marketing, Joakim Holmstrand, will leave the company in August 2017.
KappAhl, founded in 1953 in Gothenburg, is one of the leading Nordic fashion chains with nearly 380 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland as well as Shop Online. Our mission is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design with wide appeal. About 38 per cent of the range has sustainable fashion labelling. In 2015/2016 sales were SEK 4.7 billion and the number of employees was about 4000 in nine countries.