The chief executive of Nike Inc. made a fashion statement at the Boston College Chief Executives luncheon Thursday, introducing the suit-and-sneakers look to the conservatively clad crowd.
Mark Parker wore a pair of black Nike Roshe Run shoes with white soles during his keynote address. He was introduced by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who sported a pair of Nike Air Force 1s.
Parker told reporters Nike was exploring opportunies to mass manufacture shoes in the United States, which could help it compete with Boston-based New Balance for military contracts to produce American-made sneakers.
Parker also said he supported the NBA commissioner’s decision this week to ban Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, from the league over a recording of racist remarks.
“Adam Silver did a remarkable job,” said Parker. “He did it decisively and quickly. “