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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank Leaving Trump's Manufacturing Council

August 15, 2017
Baltimore-based Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank announced Aug. 14 that he is leaving President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council. Plank said, "Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics."

The manufacturing council has been in the news since Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned early Aug. 14 citing Trump's delayed denouncement of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which one woman was killed and 19 others were injured when a car rammed into counter protestors. Two Virginia state troopers were also killed in a related helicopter crash. 

Plank's statement did not mention Charlottesville specifically.

"I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believe it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry," the statement read. "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 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."

Plank was appointed to the council, which aimed to support job growth, in January. 

In addition to Plank and Frazier, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also resigned from the American Manufacturing Council. Several companies that announced they were remaining with the council added their condemnation of racism.