Joseph D. (Jody) Giles serves as Chief Information Officer for Under Armour Performance Apparel, an extremely fast growing and dynamic success story, based in Baltimore, that has its sights on changing the world for performance apparel and footwear. Jody took this position in January, 2005, as the company’s first CIO. In that time, the company has grown dramatically, experienced a very successful IPO, implemented SAP in eight months and is completely revamping its supply chain and product development systems.
Prior to assuming the challenges at Under Armour, Jody’s career was based in Southern California, where he served as CIO for Vans Inc., the footwear and apparel maker focusing on skateboarding and surfing. He also worked in the entertainment industry, serving as CIO for Virgin Interactive Entertainment and Executive Director of Systems Planning for Paramount Pictures. Jody began his IT career in the public utility industry, with Southern California Gas Company.
In 2004, Jody was named “CIO of the Year” by the Gartner Midsize Enterprise Summit. He has been featured in several articles in industry magazines, including cover stories in Information Week and Apparel Magazine.
Jody proudly graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Business Computer Systems, and earned his Masters of Business Administration, with distinction, from Pepperdine University.
An avid surfer and runner, Jody’s primary interests are his wife, Bernice, and his two sons, and playing his guitars.