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BERLIN May 10 Adidas has extended
the German sportswear company's management shake-up under its
new chief executive, promoting Western Europe head Gil Steyaert
to global operations chief and appointing its first female
executive board member since 1993.
CEO Kaspar Rorsted has made improving diversity one of his
top priorities since taking over in October from long-serving
predecessor Herbert Hainer.
Adidas said in a statement on Wednesday that the supervisory
board had elevated Karen Parkin, human resources head since
2014, to the executive board, the first woman in the top team
since 1993 when Gilberte Beaux led Adidas as interim CEO.
In March Rorsted appointed Harm Ohlmeyer as finance chief,
replacing Robin Stalker, who served alongside Hainer for 16
Steyaert, a 54-year-old French national who joined Adidas in
1999, will replace Glenn Bennett, who had been on the executive
board for 20 years and was responsible for sourcing.
Adidas said the move, which takes effect by Oct. 1, had come
because Bennett had informed the supervisory board he would not
extend his contract when it expires in March 2018.
(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Arno Schuetze; Editing
by David Goodman)