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Philip H Knight, Chairman
Before there was Nike, there was Blue Ribbon Sports, Inc., a partnership founded in 1964 on a handshake by Phil Knight and his former track coach at the University of Oregon, the legendary Bill Bowerman.
Knight and Bowerman shared a passion for helping athletes reach their full potential—and Nike believes that if you have a body, you’re an athlete. That passion, combined with a business plan Knight hatched while earning his MBA at Stanford, planted the seed for what would become the world’s largest sports and fitness company.
A certified public accountant, Knight started by selling shoes out of the back of a car at track meets. One thing led to another, and Blue Ribbon Sports grew to become Nike. The name Nike was created in 1971, and the first line of Nike shoes debuted in 1972; the company officially became known as NIKE, Inc. on December 31, 1981.
As Chairman of Nike, Knight’s job is to listen to ideas, combine them with his own, and make decisions based on what’s good for shareholders and the overall company. More than 40 years after that handshake, Nike is still growing, driven by a passion for sports and a relentless focus on innovation for athletes.
Mark Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer
Long before he was named CEO of NIKE, Inc., Mark Parker was leading the company in other ways. After running competitively at Penn State University, Parker joined Nike as one of our first footwear designers back in 1979. And he’s been at the center of Nike innovation ever since.
For more than 30 years, he’s brought innovative concepts and engineering expertise into such vital roles as Vice President of Consumer Product Marketing, Vice President of Global Footwear and Co-President of the Nike Brand. He’s led the way for Nike Air and a multitude of industry-breakthroughs in product design.
In addition to helping lead the continued growth of the Nike brand, Parker is responsible for the growth of NIKE, Inc.'s global business portfolio, which includes Cole Haan, Converse Inc., Hurley International LLC, and Umbro Ltd.
Trevor Edwards, President of the Nike Brand
As President of the NIKE Brand, Edwards is responsible for leading all category and geographic business units, the Jordan Brand and Action Sports, which includes Hurley International LLC, Digital Sport and brand management throughout the world as well as leading NIKE's wholesale, retail and e-commerce operations. Edwards was previously Global Brand & Category Management Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for helping to drive the NIKE Brand growth strategy by leading its category business units globally. Edwards joined the company in 1992 as a Regional Marketing Manager and has held senior marketing positions in the Americas, the Europe/Middle East/Africa region, the U.S. and Global Brand Management. Edwards has led some of the brand’s most significant break-through innovations, including spearheading the creation of Nike+, a revolutionary sports training experience that connects digitally enabled footwear with digital services. He has also helped transform the digital landscape and position Nike as a leader by using social media to connect with consumers globally.

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