Branded performance apparel and footwear maker Under Armour Inc today (9 July) named Peter Mahrer as president and managing director for Under Armour Europe BV, the company's European operations headquartered in Amsterdam.

Mahrer will be responsible for executing the company's international growth strategy by developing Under Armour's distribution in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

He will report directly to Kevin Plank, president and CEO of Under Armour, and replaces Ryan Wood who is returning to the US as planned to support the brand's growth initiatives there.

Mr Mahrer joins Under Armour from Puma AG where he most recently served as head of international sales and general manager, Central Europe. Prior to his tenure at Puma, Mr Mahrer held executive positions at Adidas AG, including head of the Global Football unit.

Under Armour has identified the European market as a key to its long-term growth, and is raising the profile of its performance apparel across a wide variety of sports including football, rugby and cricket, as well as developing a retail distribution network through major sporting goods retailers.

The company established its European headquarters in Amsterdam in January 2006, and has established a network of distributors to sell its product throughout Western Europe and the Nordic region.

Last month it signed an agreement with Unlimited Sports Group (USG) to manage the distribution of Under Armour products to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.