Brand News: Nike Losing Phil Knight, Donna Karan Losing Donna Karan


Nike Phil Knight

The latest branding and marketing news, campaigns and other happenings:

Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight will step down in 2016, when CEO Mark Parker will add that title while son Travis Knight will join Nike’s board. Knight, who built Nike into a global powerhouse, just donated $500 million to cancer research.

New Balance, meanwhile, is challenging Nike with biggest global ad campaign ever.

Donna Karan steps down from her namesake brand to focus on Urban Zen offshoot. She will remain an advisor.

Toyota‘s global communications head—and top female exec, US citizen Julie Hamp—leaves automaker following prescription drug arrest.

Donald Trump files $500 million lawsuit against Univision after dropping Miss Universe pageant as contestants start to drop out and Macy’s severs ties following boycott.

Apple ordered to pay $450 million after losing e-books price fixing appeal as Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio go live.


Alibaba strikes a deal in China with DMG, a co-producer of Iron Man 3, to create subscription-based mobile, online and TV programming entertainment in China.

Amazon expands into Mexico with dedicated site and app.

Disney names its first female CFO in Christine McCarthy.

Dodge releases Predators campaign:

Ford programs a Mustang-inspired playlist for Hard Rock Hotels in-room music system.

Girl Scouts USA return $100,000 donation with “no transgender” strings attached and net $185,000 as a result.

Hasbro and Lionsgate are bringing Monopoly to the big screen.

Lloyds Bank celebrates 250th anniversary:

Jimmy Choo vet Tamara Mellon opens a pop-up boutique in the Hamptons.

Nissan sets a Guinness World Record for two-wheel driving.

Old Spice Muscle Surprise game brings back Terry Crews.

Pinterest brings buyable pins to iPads and iPhones.

Sony launches First Flight, a platform for crowd funding employees’ product ideas.

Tiger Balm signs US Olympic Gold medalist Christian Taylor as spokesperson.

Uber joins nautical brand extensions with UberBoat launch in Turkey.

Under Armour celebrates Misty Copeland, who makes history as the first black principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre.

Under Armour Misty Copeland American Ballet Theatre

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