Vada O. Manager
Mr. Manager has been a director of Valvoline since September 2016 and brings with him to Valvoline’s Board of Directors significant experience and knowledge in product sourcing and supply chain strategy; mergers and acquisitions, including Nike’s acquisitions of the Converse and Starter brands; consumer brand/ecommerce strategy, including the iconic Nike and Levi Strauss & Co. brands; and strategic communications and global management. In addition, Mr. Manager brings knowledge of the financial markets as a former investment banker (public finance).
Currently, Mr. Manager is President and Chief Executive Officer of Manager Global Holdings LLC, a position he has held since 2009, and Chief Strategist/Board Director, Think TRUE – a multicultural experiential marketing firm. Manager Global Holdings is a diversified firm with minority investments in hospitality services, real estate, sports products and includes a corporate consulting unit. Previously, Mr. Manager served as the Senior Director of Global Issues Management for Nike, Inc. from 2006 until March 2009, and he held various management positions at Nike and Levi's between 1994 and 2009.
Mr. Manager holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State University and performed graduate work at the London School of Economics. In addition, he serves on the board of trustees of Arizona State University and serves on the board of directors for the Helios Education Foundation (Finance Chair), ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Genesis Academy and the Foresight Foundation for Economic Equity. Mr. Manager retains the title of Senior Counsel / International Advisory Council member of APCO Worldwide, where he advised the U.A.E.’s diversification investments in renewable energy while living in-country. Manager is regular panelist on governance for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and 50/50 Women on Boards. He previously served as a director of Ashland Global Holdings Inc. from 2008 until January 2017, thus was fully engaged in that company’s transformative M&A and the value-creating decision to spin Valvoline in an IPO.
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