THE POWER LIST

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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.

Il­lus­tra­tions by KA­GAN MCLEOD

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