Ratnakar Lavu, the Chief Technology and Information Officer, he has been appointed as the first Global Chief Digital Information Officer of Nike Corporation. His appointment will be effective from June 17, 2019. The move follows the athleticwear giant’s recent NikeLab launch in collaboration with Virgil Abloh, marking the latest expansion of the company’s digitally-enhanced, interactive retail project.
In his new role, Lavu will lead all of Nike’s global technology functions across the enterprise with responsibility for accelerating new digital capabilities for Nike. He will report to Eric Sprunk, Nike’s Chief Operating Officer.
At Kohl’s, Lavu led all of IT, digital and consumer technology. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Lavu served as chief technology officer at Redbox, a DVD and video game rental company.