Karen Parkin was born in Bowden, UK, in 1965, is a British national and also holds a US passport. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and completed the Business Management Leadership Program at Lancaster University Management School, UK. Karen Parkin joined adidas in 1997 as Sales Director adidas UK, where she was Head of Customer Service from 2000 to 2001 and Business Development Director from 2001 to 2004. In 2004, she relocated to adidas America as Vice President Business Development, subsequently taking on responsibility for the supply chain function at adidas America in 2007 as Vice President Logistics and Supply Chain North America. In 2013 and 2014, Karen Parkin acted as Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain Management and was based both at the company’s headquarters in Herzogenaurach and at the adidas America headquarters in Portland/ Oregon, USA. Since 2014, she has held the position of Chief HR Officer. In 2017, Karen Parkin was appointed to the Executive Board and is responsible for Global Human Resources.