Parker is set to be honored during the 2017 NRF Foundation Gala on Jan. 15 in New York City. This year, NRF consolidated its former Gold Medal, Innovator of the Year and International Retailer of the Year awards into one singular award, the Visionary award.
Each year, prominent retail executives will identify an individual who is a disruptor, dreamer, giver, influencer and power player who has changed and continues to transform the landscape of retail in a monumental way.
“There aren’t many trailblazers like Mark Parker in the retail industry or the entire business world,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Here’s a guy who took his love for running and footwear design and turned it into a successful career with one of the most iconic brands of our time. He is a leader, an innovator and a designer, and he epitomizes everything The Visionary stands for.”
Parker joined Nike as a footwear designer in 1979 and has been at the center of Nike’s innovation ever since. Since becoming CEO, Parker has more than doubled Nike’s revenue.
“I’m honored and humbled to receive this special recognition from NRF, and I’m proud to be part of the team that is leading the transformation of sport retail,” said Parker. “With innovative retail experiences around the globe, we want consumers to get the very best of Nike in both our own stores and from our wholesale partners. Being a better retailer makes us a better partner, company and brand, and allows us to deliver on our promise to personalize performance for every athlete, everywhere.”