WASHINGTON, D.C.—Vada Manager, former senior director of global issues management at Nike, is joining APCO Worldwide as a senior vice president, bringing expertise in corporate issues, sports business and crisis management.
As senior director of global issues management for Nike, Manager's portfolio of responsibilities included labor practices and global sourcing procedures; marketing communication support for subsidiaries; and crisis management for athletes, product recalls and corporate issues. During his 12-year tenure, he served on the launch team of nike.com, strategized on new business acquisitions such as the Converse and Starter brands, was one of the early architects of Nike's renewed corporate responsibility strategy, and served as a member of the corporate leadership team.
He was also Nike's senior crisis and issues strategist on issues such as the Olympics, the World Cup, and company response and business resumption after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Prior to joining Nike, Manager was senior manager of global communications for Levi Strauss & Co, providing strategic communication counsel to the global leadership team as the company successfully launched and expanded its Dockers and Slates brands. He was also a vice president at Powell Tate, where he co-managed accounts for key clients such as the PGA Tour, Major League Baseball and Court TV
Most recently, Manager served as CEO of Manager Global Consulting Group, an issues management and sports business consultancy practice he founded in 2009.
NEW YORK—Caroline Wolter Starke has joined APCO Worldwide as a New York-based vice president. Prior to joining APCO, Starke specialized in corporate reputation building and issues management at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery Strategic Communications. She previously managed consumer media campaigns at Edelman and served in Burson-Marsteller’s corporate and financial practice. In addition, Starke managed both internal and external communication in the Americas for international investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort. She began her career at Kaplow Communications.