In the week leading up to Christmas 2018, Nike Inc. said it has recruited a new leader for its Converse brand, naming G. Scott Uzzell as its president and chief executive officer, to helm the heritage sneaker company in the New Year.
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Uzzell replaces Davide Grasso who has decided to retire at the end of this calendar year. He will report directly to Michael Spillane, President, Categories and Product, Nike Inc.
Effective January 22, 2019, Uzzell’s new appointment comes at a time when the brand is setting “the stage to move into new spaces by reconnecting to its heritage in sport,” according to a press release in December from Nike Inc.
“Scott’s unique blend of experience driving both strategic business growth and strong brand development is well-suited to help unlock the full potential of the Converse Brand and lead its next phase of growth globally,” said Michael Spillane, President, Categories and Product, Nike Inc.
Uzzell comes to Converse from The Coca-Cola Company, where he most recently served as President, Venturing & Emerging Brands Group (VEB).
As head of Coca-Cola’s VEB Group, the consumer goods executive led a portfolio of high-growth brands for The Coca-Cola Company, including Honest Tea, ZICO Coconut Water, Fairlife Milk and Suja Juice.
Uzzell began his career within sales and marketing for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Nabisco, before returning to Coca-Cola in 2000 in the Strategy & Planning division. Since then, he has held a number of leadership positions across its business including McDonald’s U.S. Division, Global New Business Development, Global Marketing, ZICO and VEB.
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In addition, he is a member on the boards of State Bank and Trust Company; Fairlife and Suja Juice Company, as well as being a member of the Florida A&M University Foundation Board and is part of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).
Founded in 1908, Boston-based Converse is today owned by Nike. Converse shoes are sold globally in over 160 countries.