Mr. Friend is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for NIKE, Inc. Prior to his current role, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for Nike Operating Segments and Vice President of Investor Relations. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of the Nike Brand, including all of Nike’s externally reported operating segments, and Chief Financial Officer, Global Brands & Functions, including the Nike, Jordan, and Converse brands. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Friend served as Chief Financial Officer of Nike’s Emerging Markets operating segment, including Latin America, Africa, and most of Asia.
Prior to his operational roles, Mr. Friend served as Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development, with responsibility for managing the global strategic planning function. Prior to joining Nike in 2009, Mr. Friend worked in the financial services industry for over a decade, including roles as Vice President of investment banking and mergers and acquisitions at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. He advised on numerous transactions across the media, telecom, and technology industries.
Mr. Friend is a member of Nike’s Executive Leadership Team and is the senior management representative to the Audit & Finance Committee of the Nike, Inc. Board of Directors. He also serves as an executive sponsor of the Women of Nike Employee Group. He is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Friend has served on the United Airlines Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors since December 2021, and is a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committees.