David Heath has been appointed vice president of global sales for the Nike brand. Additionally, Pat Zeedick has been named general manager of equipment at Nike.

Heath reports to Gary DeStefano, president of Nike's global operations, and Zeedick to Roger Wyett, vice president of Nike apparel and equipment.

Heath joined Nike in 1990 as an apparel sales manager in the southwestern US and served successively as global sales director, US general manager of the equipment division and commerce director for the Americas region. Most recently, he was vice president of US sales.

Zeedick has been with Nike for 23 years, most recently as general manager of equipment and women's fitness in Europe. During her tenure, the European region became the largest of Nike's regional equipment businesses. Her other positions at Nike have included national development sales manager in the US and general manager of Nike Canada.

Separately on Thursday (15 February), Nike declared a two-for-one stock split, payable on 2 April to shareholders of record on 12 March.

By Arnold J Karr.