CEO Changes at Nike and Under Armour; Should Brands Get Political?: Wednesday’s First Things First

Plus, JohnXHannes dissolves

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Mark Parker stepped into the CEO role in 2016.
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Nike, Under Armour and Tommy Hilfiger Make Changes in the C-Suite

What was in the water Tuesday? A little over a year after Under Armour parted ways with its svp, global head of brand management Adrienne Lofton, the company is replacing its CEO as well. Kevin Plank is stepping back, retaining a role on the company’s board, allowing COO Patrik Frisk to take his place in 2020.

Following the Under Armour news, Tommy Hilfiger found its new CMO, appointing Michael Scheiner to the position. He comes to the brand with years of experience at Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister where he most recently served as senior vice president of global marketing.

Finally, the biggest news of the day comes from Nike as Mark Parker, who has been with the company for four decades and held the CEO role since 2006, will move into an executive chairman role in 2020. John Donahoe, who’s the current CEO and president of ServiceNow, which is a cloud computing company, will step into the role.

Here’s our stories on each leadership move:

Creative Agency JohnXHannes Is Dissolving as Founders Part Ways

As R/GA’s snarky Twitter account put it: “Being described as a ‘creative hot shop’ in the trades is the closest thing this industry has to a Sports Illustrated cover curse.” The latest victim to this “curse?” JohnXHannes, which is breaking up following a few big years. Founders John McKelvey and Hannes Ciatti are dissolving the shop to create their own agencies called Mirimar and Alto.

An eye-brow raising statement from Alto said the agency plans to pick up where JohnXHannes left off in JohnXHannes existing headquarters.

Read more: Take a look back at the agency’s best work and explore what’s ahead for the two agencies.

Where Do Consumers Stand When it Comes to Brands and Politics?

Do consumers want brands to take a stand on social and political issues? Previous studies have shown yes. But according to new research from performance marketing company Fluent, consumers aren’t sure they want brands getting political. In another study from creative agency DNA Seattle, the majority of those surveyed don’t want brands to take a political stance at all. So what do consumers want?

Read more: A new infographic from this week’s issue of Adweek breaks the research down.

Facebook Ads VP Rob Goldman Has Departed the Company

After seven years and more than a few controversies, Facebook’s vp of advertising Rob Goldman has departed the company. If Goldman is remembered for nothing else, those outside the marketing bubble may recall his tweets about Facebook’s privacy policies and the Robert Mueller investigation.

Read more: See the many controversies that Goldman navigated the company through.

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