JD Sports hires ex-Nike boss, plans other board moves

Bury-based FTSE 100 retailer JD Sports Fashion Plc announced it hired former Nike executive Bert Hoyt as a non-executive director and that it is making “substantial progress” on further board appointments.

“Bert Hoyt is recognised as one of the most eminent leaders in the sportswear sector over recent years and has significant experience of global markets,” said JD Sports.

“Having joined Nike in 1998, he was most recently VP/GM of Nike EMEA, a position which he occupied until he retired in January of 2021.

“He is acknowledged for transforming Nike’s business in Western Europe and EMEA over the last nine years, achieving substantial growth in revenues and profitability.

“Prior to his engagement at Nike, Bert spent 10 years at Puma as GM for Puma International.

“Previous to his career in the sportswear market, Bert was a Top 200 ATP Tennis professional from 1977 to 1984.”

JD Sports executive chairman Peter Cowgill said: “I am delighted to welcome Bert to the board of directors of JD.

“Bert has an extensive knowledge of the market in which JD operates and a deep understanding of key supplier relationships, market dynamics and international operations.

“I have every confidence that Bert will have an extremely positive impact on the future of JD and its ongoing growth and success.

“It will be a real pleasure to work together on the board.

“I am also pleased to confirm that we are making substantial progress with regard to additional board appointments, which will address the composition, skill sets and balance of the board.”