Herbert Hainer, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of adidas-Salomon AG, will address more than 400 sporting goods industry leaders at the 42nd Annual NSGA Management Conference & 8th Annual Team Dealer Summit.
He will address the topic “The U.S. Sporting Goods Market: A New Vision” on Tuesday, May 23, to an audience of general and team track attendees. The Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit will be held May 21-24, 2006, at The Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas.
After eight years as Division Manager of Sales & Marketing with Procter & Gamble GmbH in Germany, Hainer started his career with adidas in 1987, serving as Sales Director of Hardware at adidas Germany. He served in various positions until becoming Managing Director (Sales & Logistics) in 1993. He also held positions as Sales Director Field for footwear, textiles and hardware and National Sales Director.
He served as Senior Vice President Region Europe, Africa, Middle East in 1996-97 and was appointed to the Executive Board in 1997. In November 1999, he was named Deputy Chairman of the Board, and has been CEO and Chairman since March 2001.
He also holds positions on the supervisory boards of FC Bayern München AG and Bayerische Versicherungsbank AG, both in Munich.
“As a retailer, Im very interested in hearing what Herbert will say about the U.S. sporting goods industry,” said NSGA Chairman-Elect/Treasurer Bruce Ullery, President of MC Sports. “Not only does he have a keen understanding of the U.S. market, his international experience allows him to put everything into a context to which U.S. retailers, dealers and manufacturers can relate.”
“Having Herbert Hainer at the Conference/Summit is a rare opportunity for retailers, dealers and manufacturers to hear first-hand from one of the international sporting goods industrys leaders,” said NSGA President & CEO Jim Faltinek. “He will share his global perspective on the future of the U.S. sporting goods industry.
“While his remarks will look at the U.S. sporting goods market with a big-picture view, Im sure his companys planned acquisition of Reebok will be addressed,” Faltinek added.