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Nike Shifts Leadership Amid Talk of ‘Inappropriate Workplace Behavior’

At Nike, things in the leadership seem to be shaking up.

On Thursday, the company announced that Nike brand president Trevor Edwards has decided to retire from the company as of August, and between now and then, he will serve as an advisor to chairman, president and CEO Mark Parker during the transition. Edwards’ resignation reportedly came moments after Nike circulated an internal memo referencing inappropriate workplace behavior.

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve become aware of reports occurring within our organization that do not reflect our core values of inclusivity, respect and empowerment at a time when we are accelerating our transition to the next stage of growth and advance of our culture,” Nike CEO and chairman Mark Parker said, according to ESPN, which obtained the internal communication. “This disturbs and saddens me.”

Similar news emerged about Nike vice president Jayme Martin on Friday. Martin is reportedly leaving his post following internal complaints about workplace behavior. Sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Martin was forced out of the company and no longer an employee. When The Wall Street Journal requested comment from Nike about Martin’s alleged departure, a company spokesperson said Nike does not discuss personnel moves. Martin also did not respond to The Wall Street Journal’s request for comment.

Nike said Mark Parker will remain CEO, chairman and president beyond 2020 and Elliott Hill, who previously served as president of Nike Geographies, will become the president of consumer and marketplace. Michael Spillance will continue to helm Nike’s categories, design, product and merchandising.