Nike Design Director Ken Link Leaves Company for Rivals adidas

After 22 years.

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Former design director of Jordan Brand Ken Link has stepped down at his role with the Swoosh to join forces with rival brand, adidas. Link has served over 20 years at Nike, first as the Design Head for Nike Basketball and Nike Training to being named the Design Director for the Jumpman back in October 2016.

According to Sole Collector, Link’s LinkedIn page states his current employer as “///,” a clear shoutout to the German giant’s Three Stripes, with his title stated as Design VP for adidas Basketball. Link is most notably known for his work on the the Zoom Kobe 1 and 2, as well as his design work for the LeBron 2 through 6 and the first three Zoom Soldier models.

Tiffany Beers, who developed important Nike projects like its auto-lacing shoes, also recently said goodbye to Nike, joining forces with Tesla Motors.

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