Mark Parker

Mark Parker is the current CEO of global sportswear giant Nike, Inc. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Parker attended Penn State University and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor’s of Political Science. He joined Nike as a footwear designer two years later in 1979, becoming Division Vice President in 1989, General Manager in 1993, and Vice President of Global Footwear in 1998. Serving as co-president with Charlie Denson in 2001, Parker was appointed as the company’s chief executive in 2006. Parker’s tenure as Nike’s CEO has been marked by a hands-on approach to the design direction of the company, with Parker still participating in the shoe design and innovation process via the core “HTM” research and development team, consisting of Tinker Hatfield, Hiroshi Fujiwara, and himself. Parker is also known for bringing Nike into the realm of fashion, appealing to youth worldwide by situating Nike’s sneakers as must-have fashion items. Since his appointment as CEO, Nike has experienced increases in annual revenue of 60 percent, profit increases of 57 percent, and doubling of its market cap. Parker currently lives with his wife and three children.

Nike to Introduce $350 USD Auto-Lacing HyperAdapts to the Basketball Court
Footwear

Nike to Introduce $350 USD Auto-Lacing HyperAdapts to the Basketball Court

Spring 2019.

Nike Posts Stronger-Than-Expected Results for 2018
Footwear

Nike Posts Stronger-Than-Expected Results for 2018

Driven by “new innovation.”

Nike CEO Mark Parker Apologizes for Toxic Corporate Culture
Fashion

Nike CEO Mark Parker Apologizes for Toxic Corporate Culture

“Throughout all of this change, we — and I — missed something.”

Nike Moves Two Female Employees Into Further Positions of Power
Fashion

Nike Moves Two Female Employees Into Further Positions of Power

A step towards fighting its diversity scandal.

More Women at Nike Reveal They Felt "Ignored, Harassed and Stymied in Their Careers"
Fashion

More Women at Nike Reveal They Felt "Ignored, Harassed and Stymied in Their Careers"

‘The New York Times’ provides the most thorough account yet of Nike’s clash with the #MeToo movement.

UPDATE: Nike’s Head of Diversity Antoine Andrews Leaves Amidst Review of Corporate Culture
Fashion

UPDATE: Nike’s Head of Diversity Antoine Andrews Leaves Amidst Review of Corporate Culture

More employees have exited the Swoosh.

Nike's HR Chief Admits to Failing to Hire More Women and Minorities
Footwear

Nike's HR Chief Admits to Failing to Hire More Women and Minorities

“While we’ve spoken about this many times, we have failed to gain traction .”

Tarnished Nike Executive Will Reportedly Receive $525,000 USD Payout
Fashion

Tarnished Nike Executive Will Reportedly Receive $525,000 USD Payout

Following reports of inappropriate workplace behavior.

Nike President Trevor Edwards Resigns Amidst Reports of Inappropriate Workplace Behavior
Fashion

Nike President Trevor Edwards Resigns Amidst Reports of Inappropriate Workplace Behavior

CEO Mark Parker now plans to stay in role beyond 2020.

Nike Continues to Struggle in the U.S.
Fashion

Nike Continues to Struggle in the U.S.

A second straight year of North American decline.

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