Last week, Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE: UA) announced its former Senior Vice President of Design, Dave Dombrow, to return as Chief Design Officer, beginning of August 1st.
Less than three months ago, Dave Dombrow left Under Armour for Nike (NYSE: NKE) and was expected to wait for a year before working for Nike in 2017, due to a non-compete clause. Over the past few months, his leave, along with the departure of Henry Stafford and Robin Thurston, was deemed as a huge loss for Under Armour’s senior management team. Dombrow’s return marks a great sign for Under Armour.
Ever since he joined Under Armour in 2010, Dave Dombrow has brought success to the company’s footwear brands by co-creating the UA SpeedForm Apollo, a shoe that utilizes a full-length 4D foam sock liner to conform to your foot’s exact shape, and also created NBA’s very own MVP Stephen Curry’s signature line of shoes.
For the quarter ended March 31, Under Armour reported a 64% increase in footwear sales, driven by success of the Speedform brand and Stephen Curry line.
“In his time at Under Armour, Dave played an instrumental role in creating innovative and cutting-edge footwear with international acclaim,” said Under Armour founding partner, Kip Fulks. “As Under Armour continues to evolve the key pillars of innovation and design while expanding global growth in all categories, Dave’s unique abilities to challenge the status quo and to anticipate the needs of the future athlete are exactly what we need to further our success.”
Dave Dombrow has worked as a designer for Nike and Puma before joining Under Armour, according to his LinkedIn profile.