MasterCard files complaint against Nike as shoe company readies for construction


The credit-card company alleged in a federal complaint that Nike coaxed a pair of cyber-security experts to break their contracts.

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BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The credit-card company alleged in a federal complaint that Nike coaxed a pair of cyber-security experts to break their contracts.

According to Bloomberg, Nike urged former chief information security officer William Dennings and an ex-senior engineering manager to leave their jobs. The pair of cyber experts were later sued for breach of contract.

“Talent in this rapidly growing area is limited, in demand and not well-known,” Purchase, New York-based MasterCard International said in a complaint seeking $5 million and a ruling barring Nike from soliciting its employees.

Companies are confronting a talent shortage as they try to boost information security in wake of data breaches at retailers including Target Corp. (TGT) and Home Depot Inc. (HD), MasterCard International said in its complaint. Job postings in the area have grown 74 percent from 2007 to 2013, according to a March 2014 report from Burning Glass Technologies.

Back at the base in Beaverton, Nike is anticipating a Jan. 15 starting date for the expansion of its headquarters.

Nike said in a statement published by OregonLive.com:

“Our expansion efforts are designed to provide Nike employees and teams with a work environment that inspires creativity and collaboration, and experiences and services that can support Nike’s workforce of the future.

“We appreciate the partnership with Washington County, the City of Beaverton and the State of Oregon in support of our expansion and growth.”