Huntsman Alumni Magazine

Fall 2008

President of Nike Brand honored

Charlie Denson

Charlie Denson, ’78, business administration, was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus at Founders Day.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to those who make significant contributions to their communities, whether in public service, business, academic scholarship or the creative arts.

Charlie got his first job with Nike as an assistant store manager at Nike’s first retail store in Portland, Ore., in 1979. Charlie then went on to hold several positions in the company before becoming president of Nike Brand in 2006. Charlie has led the company through a period of dramatic global growth and rapid advancement into emerging markets in places such as China, India and Brazil.

He has returned to USU several times to speak and has served as a member of the National Advisory Board for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Charlie and his wife, Trina, support international scholarships for students.