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Executive Board

Our Executive Board is composed of six members.

KASPER RORSTED - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BORN //  1962 in Aarhus, Denmark

NATIONALITY // Danish

EDUCATION // Degree in Business Studies, International Business School, Copenhagen
Harvard Business School, Executive Programs

EMPLOYMENT


Prior to 1995
Oracle and Digital Equipment Corporation 
Different management positions in sales and marketing

1995 - 2001
Compaq 
Various management positions, incl. head of Compaq Enterprise Business Group, EMEA region

2001 - 2002
Compaq 
Vice President and General Manager, EMEA region

2002 - 2004
Hewlett Packard 
Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA region

2005 - 2007
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA. 
Executive Vice President (Human Resources/ Purchasing/IT/Infrastructure Services)

01/2007 – 04/2008
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA. 
Vice Chairman of the Management Board

04/2008 – 04/2016
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA. 
Chief Executive Officer

08/09 2016
adidas AG
Executive Board Member

As of October 2016
adidas AG 
Chief Executive Officer

Additional Mandates
Member of the Supervisory Board, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, Germany
Member of the Board of Directors, Nestlé S.A., Switzerland

Roland Auschel - Global Sales

BORN // 1963 in Bad Waldsee, Germany

NATIONALITY//  German

EDUCATION //  Degree in Business Studies (“Diplom-Betriebswirt”),
BA European Business Studies (UK),
MBA (US)

Employment

1989 – 1990
Strategic Planning                 

1990 – 1992
adidas International
BU Manager International Accounts

1992 – 1993
Key Account Manager Europe

1993 – 1993
adidas UK
Sales Reorganization

1994 – 1996
adidas Germany
Regional Sales Manager

1996 – 1998
adidas International
Head of Business Development Accessories

1998 – 2000
adidas Austria
Managing Director

2000 – 2001
Senior Vice President Region EMEA - Sales and Logistics

2001 – 2002
Managing Director Area Central (D, A, CH)

2002 – 2008         
adidas brand
Head of Region EMEA

2008 – 2009
adidas AG
Head of Region EMEA

2009 – 2013
adidas AG
Chief Sales Officer Multichannel Markets

Since October 2013       
Executive Board Member of adidas AG,  
responsible for Global Sales

Eric Liedtke - Global Brands

BORN //  1966 in Dayton, U.S.A.

NATIONALITY // US-American

EDUCATION // Bachelor of Arts – Journalism
 

Employment

1990 - 1993
DMB&B Advertising
Account Executive / Account Supervisor

1994 - 1996
adidas America, Portland/Oregon
Global Line Manger / U.S. Merchandiser, Cross Training

1996 - 1998
adidas America
Business Unit Manager, Cross Training and Cleated Sports

1999 - 2001
adidas America
Director of Brand Marketing

2001 - 2004
adidas America
Director of Footwear Marketing

2004 - 2006
adidas America
VP Brand Marketing

2006 - 2011
adidas AG, Herzogenaurach
SVP Sport Performance Brand Marketing

2011- 03/2014
adidas AG
SVP adidas Sport Performance

Since March 2014
Executive Board Member of adidas AG,  
responsible for Global Brands

Additional Mandates
Member of the Steering Committee of Parley for the Oceans, New York, NY, USA
Member of the Board of Directors, Carbon, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

 

Harm Ohlmeyer – Finance

BORN //  1968 in Hoya (Lower Saxony), Germany

NATIONALITY // German

EDUCATION // Economics Degree from Regensburg University, Germany
MBA from Murray State University, USA 

 

EMPLOYMENT


1994 to 1997
Lafarge  
Assistant to Board of Directors in Germany, M&A

1997 to 1998  
Roland Berger
Consultant/Global Controlling 

1998 to 2004        
adidas-Salomon AG* - various roles:
1998 – 2001: Head of Global Marketing Controlling
2001 – 2004: VP Corporate Controlling

2004 to 2006      
TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Carlsbad USA
SVP Finance

2006 to 2009        
adidas AG
SVP Finance adidas Brand

2009 to 2011        
adidas AG
SVP Finance for Global Sales (adidas and Reebok)            

2011 to 2014
adidas AG
Chief eCommerce Officer 

2014 to 2016
adidas AG
SVP Sales Strategy and Excellence

2016/17
adidas AG
SVP Digital Brand Commerce 

03-05/2017
adidas AG
Executive Board Member

Since May 2017
Executive Board Member of adidas AG, 
responsible for Finance

______________________________
* adidas-Salomon AG from 12/1997 until 05/2006

KAREN PARKIN - GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES

BORN // 1965 in Bowden, United Kingdom

NATIONALITIES // British, American

EDUCATION // Bachelor of Education (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
Business Management Leadership Program (Lancaster University Management School, UK)

 

Employment


1989 - 1996        
Lego UK
Business Account Director

1996 - 1997
Tiger Electronics
Sales Director

1997 - 2001        
adidas UK
Sales Manager

2001 - 2004
adidas UK
Business Development Director

2004 - 2006        
adidas America
Vice President Business Development

02/2007 - 10/2012  
adidas America
Vice President Logistics & Supply Chain USA 

01/2013 - 10/2014    
adidas AG
Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management

11/2014 - 05/2017    
adidas AG
Chief HR Officer

Since May 2017        
Executive Board Member of adidas AG,  
responsible for Global Human Resources

GIL STEYAERT - GLOBAL OPERATIONS

BORN //  1962 in Brussels, Belgium

NATIONALITY //  French

EDUCATION //  Business degree (ISC Paris) 

 

Employment


01/1989 – 01/1996    
Kellogg Company
various positions in Marketing & Sales

01/1996 – 01/1999    
Kellogg Company
Director Marketing France & Benelux

01/1999 – 01/2003    
adidas France
Joint Managing Director

01/2003  11/2013   
adidas AG
Managing Director North Europe (UK, Ireland, Benelux and Scandinavia)

11/2013 – 05/2017  
adidas AG
Managing Director Western Europe

05/2017 – 08/2017         
adidas AG
Executive Board Member

Since August 2017
Executive Board Member of adidas AG,
responsible for Global Operations