NIKE, Inc. Names TLF Board Member KeJuan Wilkins Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Nigel Powell, Nike’s long-time CCO, will retire after 24 years with the company

KeJuan Wilkins, TLF Board member, Vice President of Enterprise Communications, will become the company’s new Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer (CCO). (Photo: NIKE, Inc.)

BEAVERTON, Ore.-- NIKE, Inc. announced a change in its senior executive leadership team (ELT) today. KeJuan Wilkins, Vice President of Enterprise Communications, will become the company’s new Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer (CCO). Wilkins is currently on The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Board of Directors. In his new role, Wilkins will lead all global corporate, consumer, and employee communications for NIKE, Inc. He succeeds Nigel Powell, the company’s long-time EVP, Chief Communications Officer, who will retire this summer.

“KeJuan is a best-in-class communications expert who is well poised to help lead us into Nike’s next growth phase,” said John Donahoe, President & CEO of NIKE, Inc. “His knowledge, insights, and forward-thinking will be great assets to our executive leadership team.”

As a member of the company’s Executive Leadership team, Wilkins will report directly to Donahoe. This is the first time in the company's history that a person of color will serve as an executive. Wilkins, a 17-year veteran of the company, most recently led corporate and employee communications globally for Nike. He has previously led communications for Nike’s North America geography and the Jordan Brand. Before Nike, Wilkins held roles in the athletic footwear industry and with the New York Knicks. A native of Flint, Mich., he graduated from the University of Michigan.

“For the last 24 years, Nigel has been a visionary communicator leading and driving some of the biggest, most complex, and impactful moments for the brand,” said Donahoe. “We thank him for his years of service to the business and wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Powell joined Nike in 1999 and held leadership positions in EMEA and North America before taking on the EVP, CCO role. This leadership change is effective June 1.


NIKE, Inc., headquartered 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. Converse, a wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brand, designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, NIKE, Inc.’s earnings releases and other financial information are available on the Internet at Individuals can also visit and follow NIKE on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube

About The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)

Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided approximately $3 million and 841 scholarships to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing, and public relations. With the generous support of its major donors and supporters, TLF provides scholarships, career & professional development workshops, mentorships, and internships/entry-level positions to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

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