Kevin Plank

Founder at Under Armour, Inc.

Kevin Plank

Kevin Plank

Founder at Under Armour, Inc.

Biography

In the sweltering Mid-Atlantic summer heat of 1995, Kevin Plank helped lead his teammates through grueling two-a-day workouts as special teams captain for the University of Maryland football program. Tired of changing his sweat-soaked cotton T-shirts over and over again throughout the day, he was inspired to create a better kind of T-shirt—one that could wick sweat and keep athletes cool, dry, and light.

Upon graduating from Maryland in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Plank started to turn his idea into a reality and, as a result, began redefining the way athletes dress. That year, he went on a mission to find the perfect fabric—performance synthetics—and combined it with an athlete’s perfect fit—compression. What started out as one tight shirt ultimately led to the launch of Under Armour (NYSE: UA) as the high performance answer to the sweat drenched cotton dilemma.

After 19 years of outfitting athletes with the world’s most innovative performance apparel, footwear, and equipment, Plank now oversees a global company of over 9,000 employees with total revenues of over $3 Billion. Under Armour athletic performance products are sold globally and are worn by athletes at all levels on playing fields all over the world. In addition, the Under Armour Connected Fitness platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. True to his vision Plank and Under Armour are committed to empowering athletes everywhere…and they are just getting started.

Overview
Career Highlights

Sagamore Ventures LLC
Under Armour, Inc.

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Number of Boards

15

Birthday

08/1973

Age

46

Number of Awards

14

Estimated Net Worth

$2B

Interests

Horse Racing

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Nautica Design Studio, Inc.

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Future President & Chief Executive Officer at ServiceNow, Inc. (Effective 01/2020)

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President at ESPN Productions, Inc.

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Former Executive Director at Central Intelligence Agency (United States)

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Founder at War Horse LLC

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Chairperson at Greater Baltimore Committee

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Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Encompass Health Corp.

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President & Managing Member at ETO Group LLC

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Future President & Chief Executive Officer at Under Armour, Inc. (Effective 01/2020)

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Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at Under Armour, Inc.

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Professional at The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Co. is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise. It operates through the following segments: Media Networks, Parks & Resorts, Studio Entertainment and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. The Media Networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, domestic television stations, radio networks and stations. The Parks and Resorts segment owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; the Disneyland Resort in California; Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; the Disney Vacation Club; the Disney Cruise Line; and Adventures by Disney. The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays. This segment distributes films primarily under the Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Touchstone banners. The Consumer Products and Interactive Media segment licenses the company's trade names, characters and visual and literary properties to various manufacturers, game developers, publishers and retailers throughout the world. It also develops and publishes games, primarily for mobile platforms, and books, magazines and comic books. This segment also distributes branded merchandise directly through retail, online and wholesale businesses. The Walt Disney was founded by Walter Elias Disney on October 16, 1923 and is headquartered in Burbank, CA.

Education
Graduate
Class of 1996

The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, and the original 1862 land-grant institution in the State. The University of Maryland is committed to achieving excellence as the State’s primary center of research and graduate education and the institution of choice for undergraduate students of exceptional ability and promise. The University creates and applies knowledge for the benefit of the economy and culture of the State, the region, the nation, and beyond. As the flagship of the University System of Maryland, the University shares its research, educational, cultural, and technological strengths with businesses, government, and other educational institutions. The University counts among its greatest strengths -- and a major component of its excellence -- the diversity of its faculty, students, and staff. The University of Maryland, College Park is committed to equal educational opportunity and strives to hire a diverse faculty and staff of exceptional achievement through affirmative actions, to celebrate diversity in all of its programs and activities, and to recruit and retain qualified graduate and undergraduate minority students.

Attendee
Class of 1990
Career History
Founder
1996 - Current

It started with a simple plan to make a superior T-shirt. A shirt that provided compression and wicked perspiration off your skin rather than absorb it. A shirt that worked with your body to regulate temperature and enhance performance. Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel - gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout. The technology behind Under Armour's diverse product assortment for men, women and youth is complex, but the program for reaping the benefits is simple: wear HeatGear® when it's hot, ColdGear® when it's cold, and AllSeasonGear® between the extremes. Under Armour's mission is to make all athletes better through passion, design, and the relentless pursuit of innovation. Every Under Armour product is doing something for you; it's making you better

Chief Executive Officer
2014 - Prior

Sagamore Ventures LLC provides investment services. It offers investments in startups and early stage firms. The company was founded by Kevin A. Plank in 2014 and is headquartered in Baltimore, MD.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Prior

TO PROMOTE SPORTS AND FITNESS PARTICIPATION THROUGH INDUSTRY VITALITY.

Honorary Member, Board of Directors
Prior

PROVIDES A HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR SERIOUSLY ILL CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES AND HELPS TO FUND PROGRAMS IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND THAT DIRECTLY IMPROVES THE WELL BEING OF CHILDREN.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$5,000 - $10K
2007

LIVING CLASSROOMS FOUNDATION IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, OPERATED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, PROVIDING HANDS ON EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING FOR STUDENTS FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS, WITH A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON SERVING AT RISK YOUTH. THE FOUNDATION USES MARITIME SETTINGS, COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION PROJECTS AND OTHER CHALLENGING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, WITH A LOW STAFF TO STUDENT RATIO. OUR EXPERIENCE BASED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS EMPHASIZE THE APPLIED LEARNING OF MATH, SCIENCE, LANGUAGE ARTS, HISTORY, ECONOMICS AND ECOLOGY. KEY OBJECTIVES OF ALL LIVING CLASSROOMS PROGRAMS ARE CAREER DEVELOPMENT, COOPERATIVE LEARNING, ELEVATING SELF-ESTEEM, AND FOSTERING MULTICULTURAL EXCHANGE. LIVING CLASSROOMS FOUNDATION PROVIDES OVER 30 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.

Political Donations
$500
2013

Representative from Maryland's 1st Congressional District

$2,500
2012

Representative from Maryland's 2nd Congressional District

$15K
2009

Limited Partner at Lead Edge Capital Management LLC

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Under Armour, Inc. purchases MapMyFitness, Inc.

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Movencorp, Inc. develops mobile money management solutions. The firm allows users to deposit money in moven account and make payments and withdrawals using plastic cards and via online and phone. The company was founded by Brett Andrew King and Alex Sion in 2010 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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It started with a simple plan to make a superior T-shirt. A shirt that provided compression and wicked perspiration off your skin rather than absorb it. A shirt that worked with your body to regulate temperature and enhance performance. Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel - gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout. The technology behind Under Armour's diverse product assortment for men, women and youth is complex, but the program for reaping the benefits is simple: wear HeatGear® when it's hot, ColdGear® when it's cold, and AllSeasonGear® between the extremes. Under Armour's mission is to make all athletes better through passion, design, and the relentless pursuit of innovation. Every Under Armour product is doing something for you; it's making you better

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Plank Industries is a privately-held investment company with diversified holdings that include commercial real estate, hospitality, food and beverage, venture capital and thoroughbred horse racing. The company is based in Baltimore, MD, and serves as the family office of Kevin A. Plank, the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Under Armour, Inc. Key investment holdings include Sagamore Spirit and a major equity stake in the Port Covington redevelopment in South Baltimore. The mission of Plank Industries is to execute the initiatives of the Plank Family, support the growth of our investments, and contribute to economic development and opportunity in Baltimore City.

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Advisors
Senior Advisor

Special Advisor at Anthos Management LLC

Awards & Honors
Rank #1030
2017
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Rank #527
2016
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Rank #145
2015
Forbes Magazine - 400 Richest People in America
Events
Speaker
22nd Annual Baron Investment Conference

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