Free World - September 15, 2021

After having been on Nike’s board of directors since 2014, John Donahoe moved to…


After having been on Nike’s board of directors since 2014, John Donahoe moved to Oregon in January of last year to become Nike’s fourth chief executive. Since taking the company’s top job, he has had his work cut out for him.⁠⁠
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Before he became CEO, there had been negative reports in the media on Nike’s treatment of female employees and female athlete partners. Donahoe has set a target of filling 45 percent of roles at the vice president level and higher with women by 2025. He also aims to have 30 percent representation of racial and ethnic minorities at the director level and above in Nike’s U.S. workforce. He had planned to go on a 100-day global “listening tour” that, due to the pandemic, he had to complete virtually. This past week, Nike closed its corporate offices around the world to give employees time off to rest and recharge.⁠⁠
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“In many ways, Nike’s viewed as a real leader in advocating for diversity externally,” @johndonahoej says. “We want to make sure we’re also a leader internally.”⁠⁠
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During the pandemic, even with stores closed, the company provided pay continuity to all of their retail employees—an investment of $500 million.⁠⁠
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“It was a no-brainer for us,” he says.⁠⁠
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At the link in our bio, read the rest of our interview with Donahoe.⁠⁠
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📷 @kjphotos1022 for @wsjmag



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