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NIKE, Inc. named for the Greek goddess of victory, is the world's leading designer, marketer, and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Nike operates in four geographies, North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Greater China and Asia Pacific and Latin America (APLA). Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets, and distributes casual footwear, apparel and accessories and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets, and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. The company was founded by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight in 1972 and is headquartered in Beaverton, OR.