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FSU alumnus and Nike exec to headline college’s Business Bash

Aug 22, 2017
Jim Scholefield

When alumnus Jim Scholefield visits campus later this month as keynote speaker at the college’s Business Bash on Sept. 19, students will be wise to listen up.

The 1986 College of Business graduate will share insights he garnered on his journey to sports apparel and equipment giant Nike, Inc., where he leads the company’s technology strategy for growth as global chief information officer. For students aspiring to great corporate heights, Scholefield is someone to emulate.

“We’re looking forward to hearing from Jim because he has succeeded in every position at some of the largest and best-run companies in the world,” said College of Business Dean Michael Hartline. “We’re proud of his success and thrilled he agreed to come to campus. He is a thought leader and exactly the kind of FSU graduate who inspires students just starting to study business and those getting ready to launch corporate careers.”

After graduating from FSU with a degree in management, Scholefield went on to earn his Master of Business Administration (MBA), with a focus on finance and management information systems, in 1988 from the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He immediately joined Proctor & Gamble, where over his 13-year tenure, he held a variety of IT positions.

Following his stint at Proctor & Gamble, Scholefield served as a director at Ford Motor Company and then as a senior vice president for Worldwide Technology at Northern Trust before heading to The Coca-Cola Company. At Coca-Cola, he was responsible for creating and executing its worldwide information technology strategy, technology operations, production support, and technology engineering and providing global leadership on all technology matters across the company’s enterprise. That route took him to his current spot at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon.

In addition to his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Scholefield completed an executive program in biotechnology and bioinformatics, energy and environmental systems, and networks and computing at Singularity University in California’s Silicon Valley in 2013.

His community volunteer service over the years has been extensive and includes serving on the College of Business Board of Governors, as well as on the boards of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and Make-A-Wish Georgia.

By Barbara Ash

 

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