Gerd Manz

adidas Group

Vice President Technology Innovation


Responsible for disruptive upstream innovation in materials & manufacturing at adidas.

Gerd Manz has been working for adidas for over 17 years and has held several roles within adidas AG. As Global Head of Engineering he was responsible for engineering, simulation and building a global R&D network. In his position as Senior Innovation Director he led Product Innovation of key categories like Running, Basketball and Outdoor. Together with his team, he has created many game-changing innovations for the adidas brand, including ClimaCool, Boost, Springblade and a series of matchballs for the FIFA World Cup and UEFA Champions League. Gerd and his team work on future products and production methods together with internal and external partners.

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