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Mark Parker, chairman, president and CEO, Nike

Mark Parker joined Nike as a footwear designer in 1979, and his creative credentials are still evident.

In recent years, Nike – the world’s biggest sports clothing and footwear brand – has tapped into the street-style generation with on-trend products such as Free Runs and Air Max.

Nike’s influence over UK retailers became clear in mid-November, when Footlocker attributed an increase in quarterly sales to the Air Max range.

This year, Nike opened a flagship store in New York, called the Nike House of Innovation 000, which is full of cutting-edge technology. Since Parker became CEO in 2006, Nike’s sales have grown to more than $32bn (£25bn) and he has plans to boost them to $50bn (£39bn) by 2020.

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