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30 under 30: Maria Burns

Digital account executive NSW, Nike, aged 28

Maria Burns

Maria Burns

When Drapers catches up with Maria Burns she’s just been snapped by global sportswear giant Nike, and is days away from starting in her new role as digital account executive. She says receiving the call from Nike out of the blue was a “pretty special day”, and that she plans to hone her digital skills
at the company.

With a family history in fashion - both her father and brothers worked in the “rag trade” - Burns has a solid track record with six years’ experience in sales and account management. She graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA joint hons in French and History of Art in 2006. She says the move towards a non-fashion subject was a “conscious decision” in order to make her a more well-rounded candidate, and one that she conscientiously supplemented by undertaking short courses in fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and by interning at fashion houses during the holidays.

She then began her career in June 2006 at fashion agent Macandi, before joining Fred Perry as a key account manager in 2008, then stepping up to the role of UK and international Laurel Wreath account manager in 2010.

How her new role will pan out remains to be seen, but she has no regrets about her chosen career path. “On a broad note, I love my job as each day can be different. Working in seasons means there is always something new and exciting to work with. I love the cyclical nature of it,” she says.

Speaking about her new role she adds: “From what I’ve seen of [Nike] and my new colleagues so far, it seems like a fast moving, innovative and fun company - I can’t wait to start. I’m excited about working for one of the biggest brands in the world.”

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