10 Nov '17, 9pm

Nike Design Director of 22 Years Leaves for Adidas

A high-profile Nike designer who worked for the brand for decades has departed to take a position at Adidas. Ken Link, who most recently worked as a design director for Jordan Brand and designed most of LeBron James' early signature Nike shoes, posted an announcement about leaving the company on his personal Instagram account on Oct. 30. His LinkedIn page here lists Link's current employer as "///," a reference to Adidas, and his title as design VP for basketball. Adidas' global general manager for its basketball category, Kris Aman, is a close friend of Link's who worked at Nike from 1996 till 2013. Link declined to comment to Sole Collector about his new job at Adidas, and the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Usually designers at sportswear brands like Nike have non-compete clauses in their contracts requiring them to sit out for a designated...

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