Until June 2014, Matthias Malessa worked as the Chief Human Resource Officer, or CHRO, of adidas. His career started all the way back in 1987, after graduating with a degree in economics, as a management trainee with adidas. Eventually, he became a group controller of international status, which brought him to the adidas Group\'s world headquarters, located in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Malessa would later work as Vice President of Financial Controlling in Hong Kong, and then as Country Manager in Bangkok, servicing Thailand and Vietnam. Returning to German headquarters in \'98, he continued to hold a number of high-profile leadership positions until his appointment as the CHRO. In 2014, Matthias left adidas and started his own business, Malessa Consulting. Using lessons learned around the world, Malessa provides organizational support allowing businesses to excel in things like employer attractiveness, authentic leadership, corporate health management, and more. Currently, Malessa gives regular lectures at a variety of different universities, and he even recently took a trip to the South Pole in order to communicate his successful strategies!