After Kenneth C. Frazier, CEO of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company Merck, stepped down from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has followed suit.
In a statement, Plank cited his love for his country and Under Armour’s values.
“I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry. We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing. However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”
“I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council. I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion.”
The American Manufacturing Council, which includes industry leaders like Elon Musk of Tesla and Jeff Immelt of General Electric, was assembled as an effort to bring large-scale manufacturing back to the United States.
Earlier this year Kevin Plank was criticized for praising President Trump as an asset for businesses in the U.S. Soon after, many of Under Armour’s most influential endorsers — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Misty Copeland, and Stephen Curry — rallied against Plank’s statements. Then, in an open letter in The Baltimore Sun, Plank clarified his initial statements.
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