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Executive Board

Our Executive Board is composed of six members.

Kasper Rorsted, Chief Executive Officer of adidas AG


Kasper Rorsted was born in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1962 and is a Danish national. He holds a degree in Business Studies from the International Business School, Denmark, and completed a series of Executive Programs at Harvard Business School, USA. Kasper Rorsted then gained valuable experience within the IT sector through various management positions at Oracle, Compaq and Hewlett Packard. In 2005, Kasper Rorsted joined consumer goods manufacturer Henkel as Executive Vice President Human Resources, Purchasing, Information Technologies and Infrastructure Services. Three years after joining Henkel, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. In August 2016, Kasper Rorsted was appointed to the Executive Board of adidas. After two months as a Board member, he became Chief Executive Officer. 

Kasper Rorsted is also: 

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland (since April 12, 2018)
Roland Auschel, Executive Board Member and responsible for Global Sales


Roland Auschel was born in Bad Waldsee, Germany, in 1963 and is a German citizen. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in European Business Studies from the Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and the University of Hull, UK, as well as an MBA from the University of Miami, USA, he joined the adidas team as a Strategic Planner in 1989. During his career with the company, he has held many senior management positions, including Business Unit Manager, Key Account Manager Europe and Head of Region Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2009, he became Chief Sales Officer Multichannel Markets. In 2013, Roland Auschel was appointed to the Executive Board and is responsible for Global Sales.

Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member and responsible for Global Brands


Eric Liedtke was born in Dayton/Ohio, USA, in 1966 and is a US citizen. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He joined adidas in 1994 as Global Line Manager for Cross Training in Portland/Oregon, USA. During his career with adidas, he has held senior management positions of increasing responsibility at adidas America, including Director of Footwear Marketing and Vice President Brand Marketing. In 2006, Eric Liedtke transferred to the company‘s headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, to become Senior Vice President Global Brand Marketing. In 2011, he assumed the position of Senior Vice President adidas Sport Performance, responsible for all adidas brand sports categories globally. In 2014, Eric Liedtke was appointed to the Executive Board and is responsible for Global Brands (the adidas and Reebok brands). In addition to his Executive Board position, he is a member of the Steering Committee of Parley for the Oceans. 

Eric Liedtke is also: 

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Carbon, Inc., Redwood City, USA 
  • Member of the Supervisory Board, Fashion for Good B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Harm Ohlmeyer, Executive Board Member and responsible for Finance


Harm Ohlmeyer was born in Hoya, Germany, in 1968 and is a German national. He holds a degree in Business Studies from the University of Regensburg, Germany, as well as an MBA from Murray State University, USA. Harm Ohlmeyer started his career with adidas in 1998 and gained extensive experience in the areas of Finance and Sales, including responsibility as Senior Vice President Finance TaylorMade-adidas Golf in Carlsbad/California, USA, Senior Vice President Finance adidas Brand and Senior Vice President Finance for Global Sales (adidas and Reebok). From 2011, he led the company’s e-commerce business as Senior Vice President Digital Brand Commerce. From 2014 to 2016, he held additional responsibility as Senior Vice President Sales Strategy and Excellence. In 2017, Harm Ohlmeyer was appointed to the Executive Board and subsequently became Chief Financial Officer and Labor Director.

Karen Parkin, Executive Board Member and responsible for Global Human Resources


Karen Parkin was born in Bowden, UK, in 1965, is a British national and also holds a US passport. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and completed the Business Management Leadership Program at Lancaster University Management School, UK. Karen Parkin joined adidas in 1997 as Sales Director adidas UK, where she was Head of Customer Service from 2000 to 2001 and Business Development Director from 2001 to 2004. In 2004, she relocated to adidas America as Vice President Business Development, subsequently taking on responsibility for the supply chain function at adidas America in 2007 as Vice President Logistics and Supply Chain North America. In 2013 and 2014, Karen Parkin acted as Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain Management and was based both at the company’s headquarters in Herzogenaurach and at the adidas America headquarters in Portland/ Oregon, USA. Since 2014, she has held the position of Chief HR Officer. In 2017, Karen Parkin was appointed to the Executive Board and is responsible for Global Human Resources. 

Martin Shankland, Executive Board Member and responsible for Global Operations


Martin Shankland (Australian, 47) joined adidas in 1997. From 2017 to 2019 Martin Shankland led adidas Emerging Markets as Managing Director, setting up the organization for sustainable success across the Middle East, Turkey, India and Africa. Prior to that, Martin Shankland was Managing Director adidas Russia/CIS for 17 years. Under his leadership, adidas Russia/CIS became clear market leader through the development of an extensive own-retail network for both the adidas and Reebok brands. He started at adidas as Finance Director for adidas Russia/CIS. In 2019, Martin Shankland was appointed to the Executive Board and is responsible for Global Operations.