Sports equipment Nike has announced Thursday, march 15, the start the surprise of its executive director, Trevor Edwards, until then, been considered a potential successor to the current CEO Mark Parker, and acknowledged, without, however, making a direct link, that acts “contrary to its values” had been reported. According to the Wall Street Journal, the boss of Nike has in an internal message to employees indicated that the company had received in recent weeks for information on “behaviors that do not reflect our values of inclusion, respect and empowerment”.
He did not give details on the attitudes complained nor indicated if they involved Mr. Edwards or other members of the management, but said that the group would review its procedures and human resources to improve its system of internal complaints. “There has been conduct contrary to the core values of Nike, and our code of conduct”, confirmed a spokesperson to the AFP. “There has been no allegation of direct misconduct against Trevor Edwards,” she however added.
The departure of Mr. Edwards is the consequence of a “decision to readjust our team to accelerate our growth and evolve our culture,” assured the spokesperson. Mr. Edwards, manager of the Nike brand within the group, “has decided to leave Nike in August”, is it detailed in the press release. There will be, however, that “consultant” until his departure.
At the head of the company since 2006, Mr. Parker, 62 years old, will remain in his position beyond 2020, adds the document. Elliott Hill has the opportunity of been promoted to head of the division in charge of clients and markets.