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Nike President Resigns Amidst Reports of Inappropriate Workplace Behavior

16 March 2018

Nike has not alleged that Edwards or any of its executives have been accused of inappropriate behavior. He'd been with Nike since 1992. No direct allegations have been made against Edwards.

"When we hear of claims we investigate and take the appropriate action", she said.

Nike, headquartered near Beaverton, issued a public statement describing Edwards' exit as a "retirement". Parker added that he is "disturbed" and saddened by the reports, which neither detailed the nature of the complaints nor whom they concern, media reports stated.

"This has been a very hard time and we are still talking to team members to better understand what we need to change", Parker wrote.

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"I'd like to thank Trevor for the important role he has played for 25 years and for his significant contributions", Parker stated.

Michael Spillane will continue to lead all categories, design, product and merchandising. In the new structure, both Hill and Spillane will report directly to Mark Parker. In his memo, he said he was reorganizing the leadership to "allow for closer management and a sharper focus on our culture".

Edwards could not immediately be reached for comment. I also want to communicate that I am committed to serve as Chairman, President and CEO for Nike beyond 2020.

Nike sits at the nexus of the entertainment, sports and corporate worlds - all of which have been rocked in the past year by allegations of misbehavior by prominent figures.

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The Wall Street Journal reported that an internal memo revealed that the company is conducting an investigation into misconduct in the workplace, in addition to a review of human resources practices and its system of reporting complaints. Nike will also boost and increase investment in its diversity and inclusion teams and networks, as well as implement an enhanced process to encourage employees to speak up. He is credited with championing Nike's push into fitness tracking.

Originally from England, Edwards moved to Jamaica as a teen, later earning undergraduate and graduate business degrees at Baruch College in Manhattan. Mr. Edwards, who was born in London and grew up in Jamaica, previously worked at Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Nike said Edwards will be an advisor to Parker, until Edwards retires in August.

This article has been significantly updated with additional detail from Parker's memo.

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Nike President Resigns Amidst Reports of Inappropriate Workplace Behavior