Mr. Plank has served as Under Armour's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1996 and as the company's President from 1996 to July 2008 and from August 2010 to July 2017. The business began in 1995 when Mr. Plank was a special teams captain on the University of Maryland football team. Tired of repeatedly changing the cotton T-shirt under his jersey as it became wet and heavy during the course of a game, Mr. Plank set out to develop a next generation shirt that would remain drier and lighter. He created a new category of sporting apparel called performance apparel, and built our Company into a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear and accessories. Mr. Plank also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation.
David Bergman has been Chief Financial Officer since February 2017. He has responsibility for finance, accounting, tax, treasury, investor relations, internal audit, insurance, and corporate real estate.
Mr. Bergman joined Under Armour in 2004 and has held several senior management roles within the company's finance and accounting organization, including Corporate Controller and Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance.
He began his career as a CPA at Arthur Andersen LLP, serving both large public and smaller private clients in the consumer products and healthcare industries. He then served in senior audit and consulting roles at Ernst & Young LLP prior to joining Under Armour.
A graduate of James Madison University, Mr. Bergman holds a bachelor of business administration in accounting.
Colin Browne has been Chief Supply Chain Officer since September 2016. He leads all aspects of the company's supply chain operations, including sourcing, planning, and global distribution and logistics.
Mr. Browne has over 25 years of experience leading sourcing efforts for large brands. Prior to joining Under Armour, he served as Vice President and Managing Director for VF Corporation, leading its sourcing and product supply organization in Asia and Africa. Additionally, he served as Executive Vice President of Footwear and Accessories for Li and Fung Group LTD and Chief Executive Officer, Asia for Pentland Brands PLC.
Kevin Eskridge has been Chief Product Officer since May 2017, with oversight of the Company's category management model, product, merchandising and design functions.
Mr. Eskridge joined Under Armour in 2009 and has served in various leadership roles including Vice President, China, Senior Vice President, Global Merchandising and President, Sports Performance. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Vice President, Merchandising of Armani Exchange from 2006 to 2009.
Mr. Eskridge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.
Paul Fipps has been Chief Digital Officer since February 2018. He is responsible for the digital product, consumer engagement, global e-commerce, enterprise technology, advanced analytics, and engineering functions. He leads Under Armour's digital experiences and its Connected Fitness business, including its suite of applications such as MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun, Endomondo, and the UA App.
Mr. Fipps joined Under Armour in January 2014 and has held several senior management roles, including Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Global Operations.
Prior to joining Under Armour, Mr. Fipps served as Chief Information Officer and Corporate Vice President of Business Services at The Charmer Sunbelt Group.
Mr. Fipps holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore, respectively.
Patrik Frisk has been President and Chief Operating Officer since July 2017. He is responsible for the company's go-to-market strategy and the successful execution of its long-term growth plan.
Mr. Frisk has 30 years of experience in the apparel, footwear and retail industry. Most recently, he was CEO of The ALDO Group, a global footwear and accessories company. Previous to that, he spent 10 years with VF Corporation where he served as the Coalition President of Outdoor Americas with responsibility for The North Face, Timberland, JanSport, lucy and SmartWool brands. Before that, he was President of the Timberland brand and prior to that, was President of Outdoor & Action Sports (EMEA) where he had responsibility for The North Face, Vans, JanSport and Reef brands. Previous to that, he was Vice President and General Manager of The North Face. Before VF Corporation, he ran his own retail business in Scandinavia and held senior positions with Peak Performance and W.L. Gore & Associates.
Jason LaRose has been President of North America since October 2016. He is responsible for delivering a best-in-class consumer experience to drive profitable growth across its sales channels in North America, including E-commerce and the company's retail stores.
Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Digital Revenue starting in April 2015, and Senior Vice President of Global E-Commerce beginning in October 2013.
Prior to joining Under Armour, he was Senior Vice President of E-commerce for Express, Inc. Mr. LaRose also served as Vice President of Multi-Channel and International Business for Sears Holding Corporation and spent five years at McKinsey & Company where he was an Associate Principal in both the Retail and Consumer Goods practices.
Mr. LaRose earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University's The Fuqua School of Business.
Tchernavia Rocker has been our Chief People and Culture Officer since February 2019. Prior to joining our Company, she served more than 18 years in Human Resources leadership roles at Harley-Davidson, Inc., most recently as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer from June 2016 through January 2019, as General Manager, Human Resources from January 2012 through May 2016, and in various other Human Resources leadership positions since joining the company in 2000. Prior to that, she served in various HR and operations roles at Goodyear Dunlop North America Tire Inc.
John Stanton has been Executive Vice President, General Counsel since February 2018 and Corporate Secretary since 2008. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel from March 2013 to January 2018, Vice President, Corporate Governance and Compliance from October 2007 to February 2013 and Deputy General Counsel from February 2006 to September 2007. Prior to joining our Company, he served in various legal roles at MBNA Corporation from 1993 to 2005, including as Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Governance and Assistant Secretary. He began his legal career at the law firm Venable, LLP.
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