Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Nike president retiring as the company addresses workplace behavior concerns

Nike president retiring as the company addresses workplace behavior concerns

Jayme Martin, vice president and general manager of global categories for Nike, has been ousted from the company effective immediately.

Martin reported to Trevor Edwards, president of Nike's brand and a one-time CEO candidate, who stepped down from that role on Thursday. The Wall Street Journal reported Martin was "forced out" and faces complaints about his conduct in the workplace, as well as for purportedly protecting male employees who demeaned female colleagues. Given that, Lyon said changes in the executive ranks aren't unexpected - apart from whatever misconduct Nike may be addressing. "This disturbs and saddens me".

We are going to be doing a comprehensive review of our HR systems and practices along with elevating our complaint process for matters of respect issues.

"We've heard from strong and courageous employees", Parker wrote in the memo, but declined to discuss the nature of the allegations.

Nike on Thursday announced Edwards' retirement and said Elliott Hill, the former president of Nike Geographies, would take over as president of consumer and marketplace.

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Commenting on Trevor's departure, Parker said: "I'd like to thank Trevor for the important role he has played for 25 years and for his significant contributions".

Parker had this to say about Edwards' departure. Parker also said he is committed to serve as chairman, president and CEO for Nike beyond 2020.

"He has helped us grow and strengthen our brand on a global scale".

According to reports, he's the No. 2 employee at Nike, and manage's worldwide sales for the brand, including wholesale, retail and the e-commerce business.

Separately, Nike has been under growing pressure as the company has lost market share to rival Adidas. Until then, he will be acting as an advisor to current Chairman, President and CEO, Mark Parker.

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