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Nike Taps Former Tesla Executive as Its New Diversity Chief

  • Felicia Mayo replaces Kellie Leonard, who had job two years
  • Nike’s CEO has said company has ‘disconnect’ on race issue
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Nike Inc. promoted a former Tesla Inc. executive to become its new head of diversity, turning to a Black veteran of Silicon Valley to help make the sportswear giant more inclusive.

Felicia Mayo, who worked at Tesla Inc., Juniper Networks Inc. and Oracle Corp. before joining Nike last year, will take the title of chief talent, diversity and culture officer, the company said Monday in an emailed statement. Kellie Leonard -- who had served as Nike’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, a slightly different title -- is stepping down.