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Woman's Day

By Bob mcgee – May 15, 2017

On the eve of Mother’s Day Weekend, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the industry’s largest full-line retailer, announced its top two senior executives will be women by month’s end. Adidas, on the same day, promoted a 20-year company veteran to its supervisory board, the first woman on the panel in nearly 25 years. Six weeks ago, outdoor retail co-operative REI, which counts women as 40 percent of its senior leadership team, revealed a year-long mission to advance gender equity in the outdoors.  

Heading into the back half of 2017, it’s clear this will no longer be the sporting goods business your father remembers.  

Former PepsiCo executive Lauren Hobart, who joined DKS as chief marketing officer six years ago, is the retailer’s new president. She will continue to head customer and digital efforts and oversee marketing. Next week, she will be joined by Keri Jones, a 30-year retail veteran including numerous senior positions at Target Corp., who becomes Dick’s new chief merchant. Returning to the retailer to join the duo is Don Germano as SVP of operations where he will report to Hobart. André Hawaux, EVP and COO is retiring by the end of the second quarter.  

In a statement, Edward Stack, Dick’s chairman and CEO, said, “Lauren’s appointment will further our efforts to drive omni-channel consumer engagement, while creating a more efficient and focused organization.”

In a statement, Edward Stack, Dick’s chairman and CEO, said, “Lauren’s appointment will further our efforts to drive omni-channel consumer engagement, while creating a more efficient and focused organization.”

Already, Hobart is credited with elevating the retailer’s brand status and building the Calia by Carrie Underwood brand.  

At Adidas, two supervisory board appointments included the naming of Karen Parkin, chief HR officer since November 2014, to the group. Additionally, the company elevated Gil Steyaert, head of Western Europe, to global operations chief and a seat on the supervisory board to replace Glenn Bennett, who has decided not to extend his board service contract beyond March 2018.  

Meanwhile, Under Armour has disclosed a new job for co-founder Kip Fulks, who is moving to strategic advisor from chief product officer where he oversaw product, marketing, sourcing and operations. CEO and Chairman Kevin Plank has now assumed responsibility for products and go-to-market strategies as Kevin Eskridge becomes UA’s new chief product officer focusing on design, innovation, merchandising and products.

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