About Honoree

Herbert Hainer

CEO, adidas Group

AIGCS is proud to honor Mr. Hainer for his outstanding leadership in the sports industry and for his enduring positive influence on the German-American partnership.

Born in Dingolfing, Bavaria, Herbert Hainer obtained his degree in business studies from the University of Landshut. Shortly thereafter, he joined Procter & Gamble as Marketing Manager. Mr. Hainer began working for adidas in 1987 as a Sales Director and has since held various management positions within the company. In 1999, Mr. Hainer was appointed
Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the adidas Group. Since 2001 he has served as the CEO and Deputy Chairman of the adidas AG Executive Board. In addition to his CEO position with adidas, he is Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of FC Bayern München, and a member of the Supervisory Boards of Allianz Deutschland AG and Deutsche Lufthansa AG. In his personal life, Herbert Hainer enjoys football and is a passionate golfer and skier.

Under Herbert Hainer’s leadership, adidas AG more than doubled its income in 2010, despite an uncertain economic climate and an unprecedented manufacturing crunch. In the challenging North American market, the company achieved a 14 percent sales growth for the adidas brand and 22 percent sales growth for Reebok. Under Mr. Hainer’s direction, adidas has enhanced the role of sports by fostering social integration at the local, national, and international levels. Events such as the World Cup and the Olympics, which adidas sponsors, demonstrate how sports contribute to global understanding and solidarity. Mr. Hainer firmly believes that “sport can bring the world together. Sport has shown this at countless occasions in the past and we are committed to the positive values found in sport: performance and passion, teamwork and fair play.”

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