50 Most Influential: No. 17 — Mark Parker / Trevor Edwards
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CHANGE FROM 2013: +1Parker and Edwards lead a Nike that looks stronger, which is saying a lot. Nike is more aligned with its retailers than ever, and its ability to stay relevant to its core consumers is a remarkable constant. Nike’s expensive battle with Under Armour to retain NBA MVP Kevin Durant is the latest in what will be an increasing amount of dust-ups between the rival brands.
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