Executive In Residence: Larry Miller, President of Jordan Brand
Larry Miller, President of Jordan Brand
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Location: MBA Commons, 7th Floor, Alter Hall
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Larry Miller is the President of The Jordan Brand, a division of Nike Inc. This is Miller’s second tour with the Brand as he continues to establish his strong connections within the community having previously held executive positions with some of Oregon’s most recognized brands. He has garnered international respect for his reputation of being an inspirational leader who understands how to build premium businesses in the world of sport.
Miller was named President of the Jordan brand on July 9, 2012. As President of The Jordan Brand, Miller is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of a billion dollar sports performance and lifestyle brand. Miller works directly with the Nike Inc. global leadership and Michael Jordan to drive the brands business objectives globally. Under his leadership (1999 – 2006 and 2012 – present) the Jordan Brand has enjoyed tremendous growth in all aspects of its business. Miller has led the Brand’s transition from a predominantly basketball focused brand to a widely respected global performance and lifestyle leader.
Prior to joining the Jordan Brand, Miller served as President and Alternate Governor of the Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchise. As President of the Trail Blazers, he was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s business portfolio, including all team business and basketball activities, and the Rose Quarter. Miller joined the team in June 2007 and under his guidance saw the Trail Blazers make three consecutive trips to the postseason while selling out 159 straight games. During the 2010-11 season, the franchise celebrated an 86% season ticket retention rate, and more than 11,000 full season tickets, placing the organization fifth in the NBA. Under Miller’s leadership, the Trail Blazers have become the first American sports franchise to achieve Gold LEED status for an existing arena, earned the 2009 PRISM award and consistently ranks in the top 20 for Portland Business Journal’s Most Philanthropic Companies.
Prior to joining the Trail Blazers, Miller served as Vice President and General Manager of Nike Basketball, where he was in charge of building strategies and executing plans that centered on The Jordan Brand, Nike Basketball and Converse. He was responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Jordan Brand, where he earned an exceptional track record for growing the brand and setting the standard for athletic luxury footwear. His experience provided strong leadership for Nike’s global category growth in basketball.
Before joining Nike, Miller served as President, Executive Vice President and Controller for Jantzen, Inc. He has also served as a Manager for Kraft General Foods, Assistant Controller at Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., and held various positions with Campbell Soup.
Miller makes Portland his home, and currently serves on the board of directors for Self Enhancement Inc. (“SEI”), the Oregon Business Council, Oregon Sports Authority, and is a member of the Portland Mayor’s Economic Development Cabinet. He is a passionate advocate for education and mentorship and was previously involved with the Urban League and Junior Achievement.
Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University in 1982, and a master’s degree in business from LaSalle University in 1985. He graduated from the Urban League Leadership Institute in 1987.