Beaverton, Oregon, November 18 (ots/PRNewswire)
- Philip H. Knight continues as Chairman of the Board
Nike, Inc. (NYSE: NKE) announced today the appointment of William
D. Perez as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
effective December 28, 2004. Mr. Perez will succeed Nike, Inc.
co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Philip H. Knight,
who will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Perez, 57, has been President and Chief Executive Officer of
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. since 1996. Over his 34-year career with
S.C. Johnson, he has managed country, regional and worldwide
operations and multiple brands of the highly respected, multi-billion
dollar global consumer products company.
Speaking on behalf of the board, Mr. Knight said, "This begins an
exciting new chapter in Nike's ongoing business evolution. Bill is a
highly regarded and deeply talented leader with more than 30 years
experience as a builder of global brands and businesses. Bill has a
demonstrated commitment to consumers, new product innovation and
development, growth, team building and talent development. He also
knows how to operate a highly socially responsible global business,
all of which make him the right person to lead Nike, Inc."
"Nike has enjoyed tremendous success as we have grown to become a
US$12-billion global company. As I've said many times over the past
three years, Nike's current management team, led by Brand Presidents
Charlie Denson and Mark Parker, is the strongest it's ever been. With
Bill, we will become even stronger. I am confident that as CEO of
Nike, Inc., Bill will lead Nike's extraordinary team of people to
create an even bigger and better global company," Mr. Knight said.-
Mr. Perez said, "I am thrilled and honored to run Nike. I was
drawn to this company because the Nike brand perpetually stays
current, making it one of the best managed on the globe. You can feel
the innovative spirit that Phil and his team inspires from product
design, to retail to athlete partnerships. And I'm a strong believer
in Just Do It. I look forward to working with a terrific team of
people and helping build a future that will drive greater value for
our shareowners, employees, consumers and communities."-
Mr. Perez began his career at S.C. Johnson in 1970 and held a
series of progressively more responsible positions in sales,
marketing, brand management and general management, becoming
President and Chief Operating Officer of Worldwide Consumer Products
in 1993, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the company in
Mr. Perez has been General Manager of both S.C. Johnson Spain and
Iberia, Vice President and Regional Director of Consumer Products in
Latin America, Vice President of the U.S. Home Care business and
Executive Vice President of Consumer Products in North America. Under
his leadership, S.C. Johnson has been recognized for its
environmental and community investment leadership and progressive
He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Kellogg Company
since 1999, where he serves on the Audit Committee and the Consumer
Marketing Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of
Hallmark Cards, Inc. and Grocery Manufacturers of America. He
previously served as a director of May Department Stores Company
until May 2004.
A native of Akron, OH, who grew up in Colombia, South America, Mr.
Perez received his B.A. degree in government from Cornell University
and a graduate degree from American Graduate School of International
Management. An avid runner, he has participated in 11 marathons. For
the last 27 years he has only worn Nikes.
Mr. Knight added, "In the near term, I will focus my efforts on
ensuring an effective transition and on evolving into my role as an
active Chairman. I also plan to maintain my status as the world's
number one sports fan."
Mr. Knight, who is 66 years old, co-founded Nike, Inc. in 1972
with legendary University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman. From
its fledgling years when Mr. Knight sold track shoes from the trunk
of his car, Nike, Inc. has grown to a US$12.3 billion revenue company
in fiscal 2004 employing 24,000 people worldwide and selling its
products in nearly 200 countries.
In early 2003, at Mr. Knight's request, the Nominating and
Corporate Governance Committee of Nike's Board of Directors, led by
outside director Ralph D. DeNunzio, initiated a process to identify
potential successors for Mr. Knight as Chief Executive Officer. Mr.
Perez's appointment as President, CEO and Board member of Nike, Inc.
was unanimously approved by Nike's full Board of Directors today.
NIKE, Inc. based in Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading
designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear,
apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and
fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse
Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear,
apparel and accessories; Bauer NIKE Hockey Inc., a leading designer
and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan, a leading designer
and marketer of luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Hurley
International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action
sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and
Exeter Brands Group LLC, which designs and markets athletic footwear
and apparel for the value retail channel.
- The marked paragraphs contain forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to
time in reports filed by NIKE with the S.E.C., including Forms 8-K,
10-Q, and 10-K.
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