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PORTLAND OREGONIAN REPORTS NIKE LOSING FOUR TOP EXECUTIVES
Published May 6, 1998
Four key Nike managers "have left or announced their plans to leave," according to Jeff Manning of the Portland OREGONIAN. Nike VP Sports Marketing Rudy Chapa, the most senior of the outgoing execs, "has told senior managers at Nike that he plans to leave." Nike Sports Entertainment President Ian Campbell "has told his staff that he's departing." Campbell is said the be planning to return to his native Australia, "perhaps to open a sports events management firm." Tom Fox, who serves under Chapa as Dir of U.S. Sports Marketing is also leaving. Former Nike Dir of Golf Marketing Rob Tallman left in early April. Manning: "Hard times have prompted much soul searching on Nike's campus." Nike CEO Phil Knight recently told employees, at "an emotional all-staff meeting in April," that he was "re- dedicating himself to restoring Nike's once-formidable momentum." Knight, at the meeting said, "I just have two words. I'm sorry" (Portland OREGONIAN, 5/5). THE SHOW THAT ENDS: Nike has "pulled out" of The Super Show in Atlanta "for at least one year," according to TENNIS WEEK. Nike Dir of Communications Lee Weinstein said that it "just didn't make business sense. It was a huge cost and we felt our resources could be better applied to regional retailers." Sketchers will take over Nike's 54,000-square- foot space at the convention (TENNIS WEEK, 5/7 issue).