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Under Armour names new president of the Americas in executive team changes

Baltimore-based athletic apparel maker Under Armour Inc. Thursday announced that David Baxter and Mehri Shadman will join its executive leadership team, effective Oct. 24.

Baxter is set to assume a regional leadership role as president of the Americas, succeeding Stephanie Pugliese, who will be stepping down from her role and leaving the company. Pugliese will remain until early 2023 to support Baxter’s transition.

David Baxter

Mehri Shadman

Shadman has been appointed chief legal officer and corporate secretary, as John Stanton, UA’s current chief legal officer, has decided to retire at the end of 2022 after 16 years with the company.

Before joining Under Armour in 2020 as senior vice president, Americas wholesale, David Baxter served as president and CEO of LIDS Sports Group from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, he was vice president of adidas’ America’s Sport Performance division from 2010 to 2014, where he directed the North American product and marketing strategies. Before that, Baxter oversaw adidas and Reebok’s sports licensed businesses with the major U.S. professional sports leagues. For nine years prior to that role, Baxter held various leadership roles at Reebok, including time spent in their on-field and sports-licensed divisions.

Shadman brings more than 15 years of experience providing legal counsel in-house and in private practice. Currently the deputy general counsel, corporate and risk, and assistant corporate secretary, she has spent nine years at Under Armour providing counsel to its board of directors and executives on complex and high-profile corporate matters.

She currently oversees the corporate, global ethics and compliance, data privacy, and enterprise risk management functions. In her new role, she will oversee the company’s global legal unction and serve as corporate secretary. Before Under Armour, Shadman began her career as an associate at global law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in its capital markets practice.