Proving he’s a chip off the old swoosh, the son of Nike founder Phil Knight and the head of Laika followed up the studio’s Oscar-nominated debut, "Coraline," with another creative gamble, "ParaNorman." He was also lead animator on the film. What CEOs can learn from the hands-on creative leader.
As head of animation studio Laika, Travis Knight guides the strategic vision of the company. As lead animator of the shop's latest film, "ParaNorman," he personally crafted 15,000 frames of animation. What CEOs can learn from the hands-on creative leader.
Nike's founder hoped his sons would come work for the multi-billion-dollar empire that he started in the 1960s by selling sneakers out of the trunk of his car. Maybe they’d even run the company one day. But that was not to be. "They made that clear from the beginning," Phil Knight told me recently. They had to find their own passion.