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From student to Nike President: USU alumnus climbed ladder

Editor’s note: Charlie Denson, the president of Nike Brand, graduated from the Huntsman School of Business with a degree in marketing in 1978. To read more about him click here.

From student to Nike President: USU alumnus climbed ladder

The Utah Statesman

By Ben Kirk

One would imagine an interview with Charlie Denson, president of Nike Brand, would take place in some high-tech room or security-guarded area. But for Denson, an open table in the middle of the second floor of the Merrill-Cazier Library was just fine.

Born and raised in the college town of Corvallis, Ore., Denson was a fan of the Oregon State Beavers. The oldest of four kids, Denson had opportunities to grow and also enjoy a normal childhood. Looking back at his early years, Denson said he had fond memories.

“We would go to school, work at the family business in the summer and play sports all year long,” Denson said.

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