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Shuffle Board: Under Armour Names Managing Directors, Nike Promotes Kinder to CSO


Under Armour

Under Armour Inc. appointed Jason Archer as managing director, Asia Pacific; Manuel Ovalle as managing director, Latin America, and Massimo Baratto as managing director, Europe, Middle East & Africa. Archer will have direct oversight of the company’s operations in Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea.

The company said in his six-year tenure at Under Armour, Archer significantly transformed the company’s international financial and operating structure under Charlie Maurath, its former chief revenue officer who retired in March. In 2016, he became vice president and managing director, with primary oversight of the company’s Latin American business. Erick Haskell, who joined Under Armour in 2015 as managing director, Greater China plans to leave the company later this month to pursue a new opportunity.

Ovalle, who joined Under Armour in 2013, has played a critical role in driving the company’s strong performance in the Southern Cone of Latin America. As managing director for Latin America, he will be based in Panama and be responsible for the company’s entire Latin America business from Mexico through the Southern Cone. Prior to Under Armour, Ovalle spent nearly 20 years with Adidas.

Baratto, who joined Under Armour in May, will now oversee the entire Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Based in Amsterdam, Baratto brings nearly 30 years of international experience from a variety of industries, brands and regions, most recently as the CEO of the Oberalp Group.

Since 2016, LaRose has led the company’s largest regional business comprising the U.S. and Canada. He joined Under Armour in 2013 to head up the global e-commerce business and became senior vice president of digital revenue in 2015. All four regional leads report directly to Patrik Frisk, Under Armour’s president and chief operating officer.

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Nike Inc.

Nike Inc. announced that Noel Kinder will become the company’s vice president and chief sustainability officer, effective Sept. 5.

Kinder is a 19-year Nike veteran, and was most recently vice president of sustainable manufacturing and sourcing. Prior to this role, he was general manager for Nike Vietnam LLC, where he had responsibility for all manufacturing operations. He has held a wide range of leadership positions in the company’s footwear and apparel divisions, as well as roles in strategic planning and finance.

Kinder will report to Eric Sprunk, Nike’s chief operating officer, and Tom Clarke, president of Advanced Innovation, with oversight from the Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Governance Committee of the Nike board of directors.

Kinder succeeds Hannah Jones, a 20-year Nike veteran, as CSO, who after 14 years in the role will become president of Nike Valiant Labs, the company’s in-house new business model incubator. Formerly known as the Nike Innovation Accelerator, Nike Valiant Labs is named after the 1964 Plymouth Valiant from which Nike co-founder Phil Knight sold his first pairs of running shoes at track meets. The role of Nike Valiant Labs is to quickly test and validate new ideas at speed, build prototypes and incubate potential growth businesses that can deliver new revenues for Nike.


Eastman Chemical Co.

The board of directors of Eastman Chemical Co. elected Kim Ann Mink as a director. Mink is chairman, president and CEO of Innophos Holding, Inc., an international producer of performance-critical and nutritional functional ingredients, with applications in food, health and industrial specialties markets.

Mink joined Innophos in 2015 from the Dow Chemical Co., where she was business president of its Elastomers, Electrical and Telecommunications unit. Prior to joining Dow Chemical in 2009, she worked for more than 20 years at the Rohm and Haas Company, which was acquired by Dow Chemical, holding roles of increasing responsibility, including corporate vice president and general manager for the Ion Exchange Resins business.

Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of about $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., and employs roughly 14,500 people around the world. Eastman’s fiber unit manufactures such products as acetate yarns and polyester microfibers.



Asos said after six years with the company, Brian McBride will be stepping down as chair and non-executive director on Nov. 29.

McBride will be succeeded by Adam Crozier, who is currently a director and chair of Whitbread plc, Vue International and Stage Entertainment BV. He was formerly a board director at Saatchi & Saatchi, G4S, the Football Association, the Royal Mail and ITV plc, where he served as CEO until June 2017.