Loyola University Maryland

Lattanze Executive of the Year

About the Honoree

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Lattanze Executive of the Year Joseph D. Joseph D. "Jody" Giles serves as chief information officer for Under Armour, an extremely fast growing and dynamic success story based in Baltimore that has its sights on changing the world for performance apparel and footwear. Giles took the 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 their supply chain and product development systems.

Prior to joining Under Armour, Giles' 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. Giles began his IT career in the public utility industry, with Southern California Gas Company.

In 2004, Giles 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."

Giles graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico with a degree in business computer systems, and earned his MBA, with distinction, from Pepperdine University.

An avid surfer and runner, Jody enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, and playing guitar.