09 Jul Nike Hires VP, Corporate Controller
Nike, Inc. appointed Chris Abston as VP, corporate controller, and said he would become Nike’s principal accounting officer effective Aug. 1, 2015.
In that role Abston will be responsible for overseeing Nike’s financial statements, including accounting, financial reporting and financial operations, according to a regulatory filing. Also on July 6, 2015, Nike announced that its current principal accounting officer, Bernie Pliska, would retire from this position effective July 31, 2015.
Abston, 53, joins Nike from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he served most recently as VP, global controls and governance since February 2015. Prior to that he was VP and controller of Walmart International from February 2013 to January 2015, responsible for the oversight of international accounting and reporting, and VP and assistant controller of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. from May 2011 to January 2013. Before joining Wal-Mart, Abston spent 25 years in public accounting with Ernst & Young, most recently leading its Strategic Growth Markets practice in the Dallas office as a partner.