THE POWER LIST
From the powerful to the promising, FN ranks the 150 most influential people of 2018.
While FN’s 2018 ranking of the most powerful people in the footwear business is far more robust than ever before, the list highlights an industry problem: namely, a lack of women and minorities in the most influential posts. Granted, progress has been achieved (some leaders made their boards more inclusive), but much more work still needs to be done. The year was also challenging for some. A major revolt inside Nike forced Mark Parker to review the Swoosh’s treatment of women, both in terms of pay gaps and claims of harassment. Still, there was plenty to cheer about. And this year’s expanded Power List reflects who’s really shaping the business — from formidable Allbirds duo Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger to perennial powerhouses like Caleres’ Diane Sullivan, who orchestrated another purchase this month. And no one could ignore brand managers Jamie Salter and Nick Woodhouse, who pulled off megadeals of their own — try three in 10 months. For the full list of footwear forces, read on.