What are your thoughts on the ServiceNow CEO (John Donahoe) becoming the Nike CEO? What can he take from enterprise tech to his consumer business? 

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Director of Information Security Operations in Consumer Goods, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I think it's going to be a big success story, bringing his extensive experience and knowledge to company like Nike is huge
IT Executive in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
Interesting that Nike chose a CEO with a service management and cloud service solution  background to drive a product and marketing company. Maybe he will be less politically correct.
Secure Facilities Information Technology Manager in Manufacturing, Self-employed
His extensive tech background can bring more online presence to Nike. They are not lacking, but everything is about the customer emersion experience.  Everything is digital now. 
CIO in Consumer Goods, 11 - 50 employees
This is indeed a great move. With his consumer experience experience and technology acumen for sure he will be adding transformation in Nike strategy for growth.
Director of IT in Transportation, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
If you see what Bed Bath and Beyond is facing in the online digital market place, the merging of a tech CEO in a consumer product market place can only lead to an understanding of what is emerging in a manner Steve Jobs offered Apple.
Director in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
There is a definite opportunity here.  For somebody who has lead a significant market share owner in the business software space to take over a major manufacturer implies a strategic shift towards how the business is run and how IT can enable it.  is challenge will be how he understands the different market... instead of providing software and services now he is creating physical goods in demand for a very fickle market
VP IT (CIO role) in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Considering that I’m not an insider to either the ServiceNow or Nike operating model  or organizational culture I will need to keep my comments on a fairly generic level.  Bringing an executive from a different industry will allow them to look at processes and organizational model was a fresh set of eyes. I would expect he will bring an agile mindset and model to the organization. While it is always beneficial to have industry knowledge the ability to develop the right vision and motivate the right execution will be more important than industry experience. 
Senior Director in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
At the end of the day, all it is about is how do you as CEO solve problems. In IT - you listen to and help resolve problems all day long. His experience in technology, which of course will help in the digital transformation of Nike, will aid him in dealing with the internal problems of Nike with a different take, angle, and in an agile manner. 
Global IT Director in Services (non-Government), 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Nike, like Under Armour, is a Marketing company.  I'll bet a lot of serious runners can name 10 brands of shoes better than Nike that most people never heard of.  ServiceNow has a monopoly on ITSM.  I'll bet most CIO's can't name 2 ITSM companies better than ServiceNow. Can Donahue compete in a more competitive industry?  
Sr Director IT - Enterprise Applications (ERP, BI & Analytics) in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
It's amazing to watch when technology meets consumer / distribution business. Amazon is a prime example. With the new tech CEO, it'll be worth watching to see how he will use technology to take Nike to the next level

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