Under Armour Steals Top Designer Back From Nike

Dave Dombrow takes a new position with his old company.

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Proving that you can go home again, former Senior Vice President of Design Dave Dombrow is returning to Under Armour in a newly created role this summer.

Dombrow will serve as the company's Chief Design Officer, guiding its entire collection of footwear, apparel, and accessories, beginning Aug. 1, 2016. The news of Dombrow's return to Under Armour comes just months after it was reported that Nike had poached the designer. Per terms of a non-compete clause in his contract, Dombrow was to sit out a full year and begin working for Nike in 2017. For undisclosed reasons, plans have changed.

“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.”

To Dombrow's credit is a long list of some of Under Armour's most successful product launches and innovations, including work on Stephen Curry and Cam Newton's signature lines. He's also the co-creator of the Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo, a shoe equipped with a foot-conforming 4D foam sockliner that would be the basis of several models to follow.

“I continue to be humbled and amazed by what we have built together, fueled by the core commitment to innovation and design, as well as the entrepreneurial drive to make all athletes better," said Dombrow. “I can’t wait to help create our next chapter.”

Though Under Armour is expanding to Portland, Dombrow will assume his new role at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.

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