John Donahoe

Nike CEO John Donahoe says he’s chasing Generation Alpha

Gen Z might be the core revenue driver for Nike now, but already the sportswear giant has its sights firmly set on Generation Alpha — children currently under the age of 12. “The way most companies look at consumers is ‘well, who's got disposable income?’,” says president and chief executive John Donahoe, sitting in a vast meeting room at Nike’s global HQ in the small city of Beaverton near Portland, Oregon. “We don't look at it that way. We look at, who is setting the agenda? Who is the future?”
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John Donahoe – May 19

John J. Donahoe, a lifelong resident of Pelham, New York, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2022. He was 89 years old. He was born on February 13, 1933, to the late John and Catherine Donahoe in New York City. John was an only child. John attended Siwanoy Elementary School and Pelham Memorial High School, where he ran track and played football. He graduated in 1950. Following high school graduation, John attended Cornell University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Hotel Administration in 1954.
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CEO Talks: John Donahoe on Managing Through Crises and His Road Map for Nike’s Future

Click here to read the full article. John Donahoe was already a highly seasoned executive when he took over the helm of Nike Inc. in January 2020. He had served as president and chief executive officer of eBay as well as ServiceNow and spent eight years on the Nike board of directors before being tapped to succeed Mark Parker as Nike’s CEO. But no matter how much experience he had, no one could have been prepared for the challenges he had to face, which included a global pandemic, social unrest, serious supply chain disruptions and polarizing diversity and inclusion issues.More from...
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Nike CEO John Donahoe on How Serena Williams Changed the Swoosh and Improving Hispanic Representation

As the greater footwear industry looks to improve racial equity in the workplace, Nike has not shied away from sharing its efforts and learnings. Yesterday, Nike Inc. president and CEO John Donahoe participated in a fireside chat during the American culture-focused media event L’Attitude, alongside its co-founder, Sol Trujillo. Throughout the discussion, Donahoe revealed Nike’s recent equity-focused efforts, including both external storytelling and internal initiatives, also addressing the company’s shortcomings. However, the most compelling narrative shared was how tennis icon Serena Williams, through her recently-formed Serena Williams Design Crew, has helped change the way Nike approaches recruiting and training designers. Below are four...