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In Final Round of Exits, Four More Nike Execs Are Out, Including First Woman

Four more Nike executives left the company this week, bringing the total number of high-ranking departures to 10 since allegations of harassment and misconduct first emerged in March.

According to the New York Times, the ousted employees include Steve Lesnard, who served as head of running in North America; Helen Kim, who was in charge of Eastern North America; Simon Pestridge, a head of marketing for the Nike’s performance categories; and the director of sports marketing Tommy Kain.

Including the departure of Ibrahem Hasan, a creative director who was involved with a controversial but never-aired campaign featuring British musical artist FKA Twigs, the exodus tally comes to 11.

In March, news began to spread of sexual harassment, ignored complaints to human resources and minorities routinely marginalized or passed over for advancement at the Beaverton, Ore., athletic apparel company. When the buzz reached fever pitch, Nike CEO Mark Parker announced the first departures, including longtime right-hand-man and Nike brand president Trevor Edwards, and revealed the company would undertake a thorough investigation, which is expected to conclude this week.

Winding down the months-long internal investigation brings to an end the management upheaval at Nike that has dominated headlines. No findings are expected to be released publicly.

The crisis commenced with a covert survey conducted by female employees seeking to understand the experience of their female colleagues, with results detailing a boys-club culture in which men referred to women’s breasts in emails, women suffered through uncomfortable and uncalled-for strip-club outings, and minorities and persons of color routinely were passed over for higher positions, the New York Times reported.

In the scandal’s aftermath, Nike filled some vacancies by promoting women internally, including Amy Montagne’s elevation to VP/GM of global categories, a position previously occupied by ousted exec Jayme Martin.

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