(BOULDER, CO)— Newton Running, the leading performance running shoe brand that promotes gait efficiency, has hired Mike Nesladek as vice president of marketing. Nesladek, with fifteen plus years of marketing experience, joins Newton from Anheuser-Busch InBev, where he spent over six years working on brand development and integrated marketing strategies that span digital, social and traditional media for brands that include Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Budweiser Select. Previous to Anheuser-Busch, Nesladek worked at Miller Brewing Company and on the agency side at DDB Chicago among other advertising agencies.
“Mike’s experience in growing and managing a major global brand is just what we’ve been looking for,” says Craig Heisner, president of Newton Running. “His expertise in sports branding, strategy and overall marketing integration will help us to grow the community of Newtonites and broaden our awareness as we build on Newton Running’s growth in specialty run.”
Nesladek, of Orlando, Florida, most recently served as a brand manager for Bud Light and previously managed Budweiser Select and digital marketing for Michelob ULTRA. “Newton is a unique organization and as a Newtonite myself, I have seen firsthand the positive effects gait efficiency gains can bring,” says Nesladek. “I look forward to being a part of the team as we leverage the momentum that has been built over the past seven years and prepare for our expanded product line and elevated marketing efforts in 2014 and beyond.”
During his tenure at Anheuser-Busch, Nesladek created and executed plans to maximize key partnerships for both Bud Light and Michelob ULTRA with sporting organizations that included the NFL and major U.S. Road Racing Series to grow the brand’s favorability among key audiences. Last year, Newton Running signed a three-year deal with IRONMAN® to be the official run course and shoe sponsor of IRONMAN®in the United States through 2015 and is the official shoe sponsor of BolderBOULDER, the U.S.’s third-largest running race.
Nesladek is a graduate of Marquette University with a degree in advertising and a minor in marketing, and is an avid runner and cyclist.
About Newton Running
Boulder, Colorado-based Newton Running is the leader in performance running shoes that promote gait efficiency. Newton Running’s patented Action/Reaction™ technology provides highly responsive cushioning and protection plus ground feel, minimal heel-to-toe drop and lightweight comfort. Newton Running form clinics, hosted in partnership with specialty running retailers worldwide, help runners learn their natural running motion. Newton Running is proudly committed to social responsibility and supports numerous charitable organizations. www.NewtonRunning.com