board team is now ideally set up. It is an experienced,
international and diverse team," Kasper Rorsted, who took over
as CEO from Herbert Hainer in October, told the Adidas annual
Under Rorsted, Adidas reported a bigger than expected rise in
first-quarter sales and profits last week, outpacing rival Nike
<NKE.N> in North America and China and growing fast online.
Its shares, which have risen two-thirds over the last year to
trade at a big premium to Nike, were down 0.9 percent at 178
euros at 0938 GMT after Adidas announced late on Wednesday it
would book a charge on the sale of its loss-making golf
Adidas announced on Wednesday that the supervisory board had
promoted Western Europe head Gil Steyaert to global operations
chief and elevated Karen Parkin, human resources head since
2014, to the executive board.
In March, Adidas appointed Harm Ohlmeyer as new finance chief,
replacing Robin Stalker, who worked alongside Hainer for 16
The other members of the executive board are global sales chief
Roland Auschel, in the position since 2013, and brand chief Eric
Liedtke, in his role since 2014, both who were touted as
possible successors to Hainer.
Rorsted said on Thursday developing staff was one of his top
priorities, adding he wanted to generally fill top positions
with internal candidates. He also said he wanted to do more to
promote more women, saying two women out of 24 top managers was
To that end, he has set a bonus-relevant target for all
executive board members to increase the share of women in
management positions globally to 32 percent in the medium term,
from 29.5 percent in 2016.
(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; editing by Susan Thomas)
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