James (Jim) S. DavisChairman
Anne DavisVice Chairman & Executive VP
Robert DeMartiniPresident & CEO
John E. LarsenPresident Emeritus/Advisor
John WitheeExecutive Vice President & CFO
David CrosierExecutive Vice President,
Alan HedExecutive Vice President,
Joe PrestonExecutive Vice President,
Chris LaddExecutive Vice President,
Direct to Consumer
John WilsonExecutive Vice President,
Paul GauronExecutive Vice President &
Deirdre FitzgeraldVice President, Apparel
Peter ZappalaVice President,
Key Account Sales
Edith HarmonVice President,
Bill HaydenVice President, Finance
Paul HeffernanVice President,
Kevin HolianVice President,
Christine MadiganVice President,
Joan McGrailVice President,
Corporate Human Resources
Duncan ScottVice President, Sourcing
Stephanie SmithVice President,
North American Retail
Jonathan RamExecutive Vice President, North America
Ray HilvertVice President, Field of Play, Broad Market & Core/Cleated StudioTom CarleoVice President, Running/OutdoorJim ConnorsVice President,
& DevelopmentRobert J. InfantinoPresident & CEO,
Drydock Footwear GroupDave MorrowPresident, WarriorHoward ChangVice President, China
James (Jim) S. Davis
Jim Davis, Chairman of New Balance Athletics, Inc., bought the Boston-based firm in 1972 when its six-person work force was making 30 pairs of running shoes a day. Today, New Balance employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide. Davis graduated from Middlebury (VT) College in 1966 with a degree in biology/chemistry.
Davis has also been awarded several Honorary Doctorate degrees including one from his alma mater. Prior to taking over New Balance, Davis worked as a sales engineer at the LFE Corp. of Waltham, Mass., and as marketing manager for the Applied Geodata Systems Division of Techven Associates Inc. of Cambridge, Mass.
Vice Chairman & Executive VP Administration
Anne Davis, Vice Chairman and Executive VP Administration at New Balance Athletics, Inc., is a graduate of Emmanuel College where she majored in Languages. After college, Anne used her linguistic training in Washington working at the National Security Agency. Anne joined New Balance in 1977 as its first Human Resource Manager. At the time, the company employed less than 50 people and had sales of about one half million dollars.
She has developed an extremely effective human resource team, which is responsible for placement, training and education of a highly motivated, progressive and goal-oriented work force. Anne also oversees all corporate contributions and community service functions. She is the Managing Trustee of the New Balance Charitable Foundation.
President & CEO
Rob DeMartini, President and CEO, joined the New Balance team in April 2007, bringing with him extensive knowledge and experience from a diverse background in consumer products business. Drawn to New Balance for its commitment to brand authenticity and responsible leadership, Rob achieved his first order of business in 2007 by guiding the company's leadership team in the development of a responsible growth strategic plan. His strong business-building experience across various industries supports New Balance's quest to lead the running industry and become a top wellness brand.
Prior to joining New Balance, his career at Procter & Gamble spanned 18 years, beginning in their food and beverage division and including management roles with the Gillette Company, North American Snacks and Millstone Coffee. His small-business experience compliments his work in larger environments, such as his most recent term in 2006 as Group Vice President, Consumer Products for Tyson Foods. His favorite movement activity is a cold morning run in his 1080s, trail jacket, compression shirt and NB socks.
John E. Larsen
John Larsen, President Emeritus, became a New Balance associate in 1990. John was originally hired as Vice President Sales and Marketing and was later promoted to President of New Balance and Managing Director New Balance UK. He is currently charged with the responsibility of assisting the Chairman, President and others with the development of both domestic and international business. Although John has been in the sporting goods business since 1961, he believes his experience with New Balance has been the most rewarding and is most proud of helping to build the business in the US and Europe.
He is past President of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard University. He enjoys golf, tennis and walking in New Balance footwear and apparel.
Executive Vice President & CFO
John Withee was named to his current position of Executive Vice President & CFO in February 2005. John began his career with New Balance as the Manufacturing Controller in 1989. During his tenure he has been instrumental in guiding business during substantial growth periods and he continues to counsel in both the financial and the operational aspects of the business.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine and an MBA from Boston University. John resides in Westford with his wife, Claire and has three daughters and can also be found at the gym wearing the MR759.
Executive Vice President, Value Chain
Executive Vice President, International
Alan Hed, executive vice president, International joined New Balance in late 2008. He joined New Balance as a seasoned international executive with 25 years of experience in global markets gained from leadership positions in sales, marketing and general management. His first-hand experience comes from living and building business in existing and developing markets. Most recently he served as president of Levi Strauss & Co's Asia Pacific division.
Alan has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and South Africa and currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife and two children. When he's not working he loves to ski and hike as well as play tennis and golf, with his family. He is known to rock NB lifestyle shoes, the brighter, the better.
Executive Vice President, Global Product
Joe Preston is responsible for the overseeing all International business including subsidiaries, joint ventures and distributors. He began his New Balance career in 1995 as Senior Product Manager with Marketing and Product Development, responsible for New Balance's Running and Custom Product business units. As Senior Product Manager for New Balance's running business, he led the development of the industry's #1 selling model - the New Balance All-Terrain 800 series. New Balance's strength in its core running business has helped the company achieve the #2 position in the domestic athletic footwear market and #4 position worldwide.
In 1998 New Balance purchased the Dunham brand, its first acquisition. Preston was named Division Manager and successfully re-launched the brand. Prior to joining New Balance, Preston held marketing and sales management positions with First Brands/Clorox Corporation, a leading consumer packaged-goods company. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science from Merrimack College and a MBA from the Babson Graduate School of Business.
Executive Vice President, Direct to Consumer
Executive Vice President, Manufacturing
John Wilson, Vice President of Manufacturing for New Balance joined the company in 1971. Under his direction New Balance's manufacturing has grown to include six domestic and one international factories. He converted the company's factories from piece work departmental production methods to modular manufacturing and then to small team-based cells. Today he is spearheading the drive to incorporate Executional Excellence methods into these facilities.
John is currently responsible for two domestic warehouses, six domestic factories and the production of eight million pairs of athletic shoes each year. John, who is an avid skier, boater and hiker, resides in Harvard, Mass. with his wife, daughter and two Labrador retrievers. He graduated from American International College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Vice President, Apparel
Deirdre Fitzgerald joined New Balance in 2014 as the vice president of global apparel. In her role, Deirdre works with the global apparel team to drive New Balance’s global apparel strategy. Deirdre has extensive experience in all aspects of product creation and merchandising, including executive level positions at Talbots, J. Crew and Brooks Brothers, after beginning her career in the Bloomingdale’s.
When she’s not building an apparel brand, Deirdre can most often be found racing her two children and husband down the ski slopes or attending one of the many of sports in which they participate.
Vice President, Key Account Sales
Peter Zappala has been with New Balance since 1983 and became National Sales Manager in 1994. Peter is responsible for sales management in Key Account Footwear and Team Sports within the U.S., as well as managing our independent sales agencies. Peter earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire and Master of Arts in Sports Management from The Ohio State University
He and his wife have three children and reside in Brighton, Massachusetts. Peter can be found playing ice hockey with Warrior equipment or working out with a trainer while wearing the MT10 and MR759.
Vice President, Development Support
Edith Harmon joined New Balance in 1991. Edith is responsible for the development and research of new technologies and statement products. Earlier in her career, Edith managed the R&D department. Most recently she led NB's Advanced Concepts and Material development groups and has also been instrumental in advancing work with the Elite Running channel as well as Sustainability initiatives.
She holds a BS degree from SUNY Buffalo and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. Edith resides in Swampscott, Mass. with her husband and has two daughters.She enjoys yoga, running and going to the gym for cardio and weight training and especially loves wearing Minimus, the 890 and PF Flyers.
Vice President, Apparel
Bill Hayden joined the company in March 2006. Bill is responsible for reporting the worldwide financial results of the company, North America credit, collections, analysis and control and negotiating costs for sourced products.
Bill holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Babson College. Bill and his family live in Groton, Massachusetts.
Vice President, Consumer Experiences
Paul M. Heffernan, Jr., is presently Vice President, NBRx Foot Health Solutions and has an extensive background in the athletic footwear industry. His 33-year career in the shoe industry began in Worcester Mass., with positions at Melville Corporation working as a merchandise planner. In 1982 Paul joined Converse, Inc. as the running product manager. Paul was searching for a “real” running brand and in 1985 joined NB as running product manager. As the company grew Paul moved to diversification products, which at the time was walking, tennis, basketball and eventually training which NB was hesitant to enter but became the industry leader in over a few year period. In a weak moment, Paul moved to Reebok, in 1987 where he was the tennis marketing manager. Staying only 10 months, Paul returned to New Balance that same year to manage the company's running, walking, hiking and children's shoe lines. In 1990, he was promoted to marketing manager and in 1992 Paul was appointed to vice president of marketing. In 2002, Paul was named executive vice president of global marketing, design & development. During this time, NB enjoyed significant market share growth in North America and around the world.
In March 2008 looking for a way to balance family and career, Heffernan assumed the newly created position of vice president of consumer experiences. In this role, Paul has been instrumental in shaping a newly created licensee agreement for NB stores while also re-branding NB’s valuable market position in the foot health sector named NBRX. Paul also contributed to Dunham's merchandise planning and is leading a licensee partnership with Klone Labs to enter the golf market. Lastly, Paul serves as the executive sponsor for NB's associate learning, called Cornerstones. His passion for the brand and his deep-rooted knowledge of the values and mission lends credibility to this new program. He is a 1978 graduate of Villanova University where he played varsity golf. In addition to his passion for competitive golf, Paul enjoys running (presently wearing the 1080V4s), skiing, swimming and Yoga. Paul is a member of the Board of Directors for the Bromley Outing Club in Peru, Vermont, and lives in Wellesley, Mass., with his wife of 21 years named Lynn and four daughters all named with an H (Hillary, Holly, Hope and Heather) so that their initials would match his grandfathers shoe business called HH Brown.
Vice President, Logistics
Kevin Holian, VP Global Logistics and Planning, comes to New Balance with extensive experience. With two decades of work with domestic and global companies in manufacturing and supply chain operations leadership he is currently responsible for NB's global logistics and footwear supply planning and inventory.
His previous experience includes leadership roles with Avery Denninson, LG Electronics and Staples. Kevin, a Massachusetts native, currently lives in Salem, Mass. with his two daughters. His favorite NB product is a pair of shoes that he personally manufactured at NB's "Shoe School."
Christine Madigan, VP responsible leadership currently leads responsible leadership for New Balance footwear and apparel. This includes sustainability, social compliance, public affairs and community initiatives. She is responsible for providing strategic vision and ensuring transparent global communication of responsible leadership via reporting, internal and corporate communications. Madigan previously was responsible for global marketing and brand management for New Balance footwear and apparel which included advertising, interactive, integrated marketing and promotions, in store experience and corporate communications and public relations.
Madigan came to New Balance from Polaroid Corporation. Prior to that, Madigan held a variety of roles including vice president of marketing at Viacom and diet Coke brand management at Coca-Cola USA. Madigan earned her MBA in Marketing and Management from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. A 1987 graduate of Tufts University, Madigan currently resides in Lexington, Mass., with husband Mark and two children, Michael and Elise. Household sports include lacrosse, basketball, field hockey, soccer, swimming, biking and running and she loves to take part in these while sporting an NB tempo tank.
Vice President, Corporate Human Resources
Joan McGrail, vice president, human resources, leads New Balance’s global human resources team. In this role, Joan is responsible for the development and execution of the HR strategic plan and shorter-term initiatives which support NB’s strategic goals while preserving what is special about NB’s culture. Joan first joined New Balance in 2005 with more than 15 years of experience as a human resources professional.
Her previous roles include HR positions at Helix Technology Corporation, Fidelity Investments and Hitachi Data Systems. In 2013, she assumed the role of NB vice president, human resources. Joan earned a Bachelor’s degree in management from Lesley College. In her free time, Joan enjoys being active and spending time with her three daughters.
Vice President, Sourcing
Duncan Scott, VP External Products comes to NB with remarkable experience in the industry. He has held footwear and apparel sourcing roles since 1986 and spent most of this time in Asia. He has previously worked for Adidas and Reebok as well as VF Corp., a leader in branded lifestyle apparel. He has held a variety of roles including head of social environment compliance, global footwear sourcing and footwear and apparel sourcing at these brands.
This experience has armed him with the field and factory knowledge and expertise needed to help bring NB to the next level. A life-long runner, he currently resides in Hong Kong with his wife and two daughters and can often be found hiking or running in the NB 890s.
Vice President, North American Retail
Stephanie Smith started working for New Balance as the Assistant Manager of the Lawrence Factory store in 1986, moving up through the retail ranks until she became General Manager of Factory Stores in 1995. Today Stephanie is responsible for overseeing the independently operated New Balance Stores, the corporate owned Factory Stores and trade shows.
Stephanie received her BS in Business Management from Keene State College. She resides in Merrimack, New Hampshire with her husband and their two children.
Executive Vice President, North America
Since he joined the company in 2002, Jon Ram has been an integral part of New Balance’s extensive international growth. In his current role as executive vice president, North America, Jon is responsible for the U.S. and Canadian marketplaces. Previously, Jonathan Ram utilized his extensive international experience as the key interface between New Balance and Warrior’s EMEA business and also served as vice president for Warrior Sports’ international business and vice president of New Balance’s EMEA business.
In addition, Jon was the managing director of New Balance’s EMEA markets and was also general manager of New Balance Canada. Before his work with New Balance, Ram was active in the athletic industry, holding positions with Major League Baseball Properties, the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Basketball Association. Ram earned his M.B.A. from Babson College and is also a graduate of Concordia University, located in Montreal, Canada, where he was born and raised.
Vice President, Field of Play, Broad Market & Core/Cleated Studio
Ray Hilvert utilizes his extensive experience in the athletic footwear industry to lead New Balance’s Field of Play global business unit (which includes Baseball, Tennis, Cricket, Golf and Training) and Broad Market Running team. In addition, Ray directs the innovation studio efforts that support these and other Core Performance businesses units. Previously, Ray has held leadership roles working with the Lifestyle, Women’s, Kids, Walking, Enduring Purpose, Outdoor and Speed teams.
Before joining New Balance, Ray acquired more than 13 years of product management and brand marketing experience in the athletic industry and at The Gillette Company. Ray received both his Bachelor’s and Master of Business Administration degrees from Boston College.
Ray lives in Medfield, Massachusetts with his wife, Joanna, and four children, Emma, Ray, Maya and Sara.
Vice President, Running/Outdoor
Tom Carleo, vice president, running and outdoor, joined New Balance in October 2008 with more than 20 years of experience working in the global footwear industry in various key leadership roles. Carleo was a collegiate miler who competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials in the 1500m and his passion for running and extensive product knowledge helps drives innovation at New Balance.
Under his leadership, the New Balance running footwear product team has introduced the revolutionary Fresh Foam product platform, 3D printing capabilities and the innovative REVlite technology, all of which have established New Balance as a global leader in the footwear industry.
An original New Englander, Carleo has also lived and worked in the Northwest and Asia, currently residing in Newburyport with his wife and three boys.
Vice President, Global Research & Development
Jim Connors joined the company in September 2005 and heads up an organization of over 100 people in Lawrence, Taiwan and China. Jim is providing significant leadership to this group as they undergo major changes to help NB reach goals. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering from UMASS Lowell and a Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University.
He resides in Upton, Massachusetts with his wife and their three children. Jim enjoys running, cycling, boating and fishing and does these activities in gear featuring NB's latest technology.
Robert J. Infantino
President & CEO, Drydock Footwear Group
Bob Infantino joined the New Balance family in May 2012 as President of the Drydock Footwear Group. Drydock represents a partnership between Bob, Jim Davis, and New Balance whereby Bob has global responsibility of the Aravon, Dunham and Cobb Hill brands of casual footwear.
Bob’s arrival at New Balance comes on the heels of an 18-year career at The Clarks Companies, North America where he served as President. While at Clarks, Bob guided the privately-held company to from its role as a niche comfort player to one of the most powerful brands in the casual marketplace.
This unprecedented growth was fueled by the introduction of Privo, Indigo and Unstructured, the strategic expansion of the Clarks retail concept stores and the vitality of Bostonian.
Prior to his tenure at Clarks, Bob served as Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at Rockport. There, his leadership and notable product innovation helped establish the brand as the premier choice among consumers. As a buyer for a chain of family shoes stores and later as a proprietor of his own retail business, Bob learned the importance of understanding the consumer, creative merchandising, and team work have become the pillars of his long-standing career.
Vice President, China