Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour says that Dave Dombrow, its former senior vice president, creative footwear and accessories, will be making a return to the company as chief design officer this summer.

In this newly created role, Dombrow will guide the design of Under Armour's entire collection of footwear, apparel and accessories.

"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."

Dombrow, who first joined the company in 2010, was co-creator of the UA SpeedForm Apollo, a shoe that utilises a full-length 4D foam sock liner to conform to the shape of the wearer's foot. Under Armour says the innovative technology behind the UA SpeedForm Apollo was "groundbreaking" – so much so, it has been the basis for other shoes to follow.

Dombrow is also the visionary behind the Curry One, Stephen Curry's first signature basketball shoe. The evolution of the Curry line-up includes the Curry 2 and the Curry 2.5, which have been vital sales drivers for the brand.

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

Dombrow will assume his new role at Under Armour's headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.

The company posted solid first quarter in the three months to 31 March, with revenue growth driven by higher footwear and international sales. Net income jumped 63% to US$19m.

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