BEAVERTON, OR—Kirk Stewart, vice president of corporate communications at Nike for the past eight years, will retire from the company at the end of July. He says that while he is retiring from Nike, “I’m not retiring from the public relations profession” and that he is “looking for an opportunity where I do something challenging, something fun, something where I can add some value.” He says he is open to opportunities on either the agency or corporate side of the business.
Stewart joined Nike in 1997, following a 16-year career at Manning, Selvage & Lee, the last four-and-a-half years as its chairman and chief executive officer.
“Kirk has done an outstanding job in helping Nike improve its overall corporate reputation,” said Mark Parker, president of the Nike brand. “His leadership, dedication, commitment and hard work have helped us begin to be recognized for the positive impact we’re having in workplaces and communities all over the world.”
Over the past eight years, Stewart has had responsibility for corporate media relations, brand communications, crisis and issues management, internal communications, community affairs, sustainable development and stakeholder engagement. He also co-led the global corporate responsibility team.
Nike is expected to make an announcement about Stewart’s successor—who could come from inside the company—within the next few weeks.