Second Nike executive leaves company amid workplace conduct complaints

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Shares of Nike (NYSE:NKE) are relatively unperturbed by yesterday's disclosure by the company of the resignation of brand president Trevor Edwards amid a workplace behavior investigation.

The Wall Street Journal reported Jayme Martin is out as Nike's vice president and general manager for global categories.

Nike confirmed the departure of a second senior executive within 24 hours on Friday, an apparent shake-up after the global sportswear giant acknowledged it had received internal complaints about workplace behavior.

A Nike spokeswoman declined to provide more details on Martin's exit.

While the announcement doesn't say why Nike President is resigning, it is likely due to misconduct claims.

An internal memo written by Mark Parker, which was obtained by Fast Company magazine, has been sent to the company's employees, said he was "disturbed and saddened" by recent reports.


Edwards was not specifically implicated, ESPN reports.

"When we hear of claims we investigate and take the appropriate action", she said. I also want to communicate that I am committed to serve as Chairman, President and CEO for Nike beyond 2020.

Edwards was considered next in line to become the CEO at the world's largest shoe and apparel company. There have been no direct allegations against him, Rossiter said.

He was responsible for the creation of Nike+ and also helped transform the digital landscape, as well as position Nike as a leader by using social media to connect with consumers globally. To cope, Nike has forged ties with Amazon.com Inc. and is trying to rely less on retailers that are "mediocre" - a term Edwards himself used.

Parker wrote that the company had talked to "strong and courageous employees" and that it was his wish that Nike foster an environment where issues can be brought up as soon as they occur.

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