Nike, Inc.

Ever wonder what it’s like to work with Kobe Bryant, Serena Williams, or Cristiano Ronaldo? Just ask any of our Nike interns or alumni employees, who optimize operations for the retail giant serving professional athletes and amateur enthusiasts alike. A partner since 2011, Nike offers internship projects primarily focusing on supply chain innovation and optimization. Professor David Simchi-Levi and Professor Stephen Graves, both renowned supply chain experts, frequently supervise Nike internship projects.

Nike participates in LGO’s Recruitment Week, which takes place every fall. Many LGOs are hired into the Global Leadership Development program before eventually settling into management roles, often in the supply chain department.

Hires in past 5 years: 10
Representative hiring titles: Supply Chain Development Associate, Global Performance Manager, Sustainability Integration Manager, Product Development Performance Manager, Global Leadership Development Program Associate
Locations: Portland, OR; Boston, MA

John Frommelt (LGO ’01)

Senior Director Supply Chain, Digital Operations, and Connected Marketplace
While at LGO: MBA & SM Materials Science and Engineering
Previous studies: Alfred University, Ceramic Engineering Science
John had a successful career at Intel after the LGO program. He then spent about five years with Adidas in their supply chain department. In 2013, he joined the Nike team and currently works on innovations and improvements in the company’s supply chain.

Kara Pydynkowski (LGO ’15)

Director, Global Outbound Transportation Strategy, Nike
At LGO: MBA & SM Engineering Systems
Previous studies: Dartmouth College, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering
Kara worked as an analyst at National Grid for about four years before joining the LGO program. After her internship at Dell, she joined Nike’s Manufacturing Revolution organization, where she worked on exciting projects at the junction between sustainability, supply chain, and strategic leadership. Kara then joined Nike’s Global Leadership Development rotational program, after which she became a Director.

Andrew Gabris (LGO ’16)

Mens Apparel Planning Director, North America Geography, Nike
At LGO: MBA & SM Engineering Systems
Previous studies: University of Michigan, Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering
Before joining LGO, Andrew worked at Chevron for five years in various global project manager roles. While at LGO Andrew conducted his internship at Nike, applying advanced analytics to the company’s Always Available apparel lines. Andrew then joined Nike’s rotational program for future leaders, after which he rose to his current Director role.

Liza Xu (LGO ’21)

Product Manager, Global Operations and Logistics, Nike
At LGO: MBA & SM Civil and Environmental Engineering
Previous studies: MIT, Chemical Engineering
Liza worked in a variety of different roles at Genentech with a focus on operational excellence and continuous improvement for the six years prior to attending LGO. She conducted her LGO internship at Nike where she developed a new model for quantifying supply chain risk exposure. Post LGO, Liza joined Nike as a product manager where she supports internal supply chain analytics products.

Bob Giacomantonio (LGO ’13)

Location: Portland, OR
Research topic: Supply Chain
After working in an industrial sourcing company for a few years after graduating from LGO, Bob re-joined Nike in 2015 as Director, Direct Procurement.