Published: Sun, March 18, 2018

Second Nike exec steps down amid workplace behavior investigation

Second Nike exec steps down amid workplace behavior investigation

A second top executive at Nike sportswear has resigned following allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior.

Edwards, who has been with Nike since 1992 and ran the company's worldwide sales units as well as its retail and e-commerce businesses, was among the executives billed as possible replacement for Parker.

In a company statement Thursday, Nike said Parker will remain as CEO and chairman, as well as take on the role of president "beyond 2020" - apparently disrupting initial CEO succession plans for the athletic behemoth. "This has been a very hard time and we are still talking to team members to better understand what we need to change".

The Journal said the internal memo from CEO Mark Parker didn't specify the nature of the complaints or whether they involved Edwards or other executives.

The Journal said Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore., had received complaints about Martin but no direct complaints about Edwards.

Nike's spokesman said Edwards' departure was in light of "a decision to realign our team to accelerate our business and evolve our culture".

President of the Nike Brand Trevor Edwards presents the company's new "Magista" football boot in Barcelona on March 6, 2014.

Edwards will now serve as an adviser to Parker until his retirement, the Nike spokeswoman added.

Nike declined comment Friday on Martin's reported exit, but the company's main switchboard said it had no record of him. He is credited with championing Nike's push into fitness tracking. Since 2013, he has been the President of Nike brand and was considered as the apparent heir to CEO Parker. Another executive, Elliott Hill, was elevated to the role of overseeing the consumer and marketplace division as part of Thursday's announcement.

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