High Impact Tea with Noel Kinder2


High Impact Tea with Former Nike CSO

A conversation about sustainability leadership and innovation with Noel Kinder.

Noel Kinder is a senior global operations executive with over 20 years of experience building, shaping, and transforming businesses. He has navigated Nike through periods of significant change holding transformational leadership roles across P&L, operations, sustainability, supply chain and manufacturing.

In his role as Chief Sustainability Officer, Noel successfully drove the acceleration of Nike’s materials innovation strategy to align with sustainability ambitions and positioned the company as a leader in the corporate sustainability space through active government, NGO, academic and media engagement. He built the organization from 75 to 300+ people at its peak and integrated sustainability leadership, processes, and programs into major functions across the organization. He also served as the external spokesperson for Nike’s leadership in sustainability with media, government and non-governmental stakeholders.

Throughout his career, Noel has acted as a change architect, from growing Nike’s sustainability programs and positioning the company as a leader on a global stage, to transforming Nike’s labor and environmental operations footprint, impacting 550 contract factories across 42 countries, and over 1 million workers, to turning around Nike’s Vietnam operations and stabilizing the 50% production campus during a period of tremendous political and government unrest.

Noel is a gifted leader and communicator, recognized for his ability to shape culture and create followership among employees and stakeholders. Highly strategic, yet operationally minded, he is deeply respected both inside and outside of Nike.

Noel serves on Collab Fund’s Sustainability Advisory Board, the NYSE Sustainability Advisory Council, and the Global Fashion Summit Steering Committee, among others.

4:30-5:30 pm (Discussion), 5:30-6:30 pm (Reception) UCLA Anderson School of Management, Grand Salon


UCLA Anderson Center for Impact