Nike's top ex­ec­u­tives leave as the re­tailer fails to ‘do just the right thing' at work­place

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The lead­ing re­tailer of ath­leisure ap­par­els in the world, Nike, has had a tough time lately, as last week, the num­ber of ex­ec­u­tives (who have been fired/ ex­ited) reached dou­ble dig­its. A spokesper­son from Nike con­firmed that five of­fi­cials have ex­ited the com­pany which in­cludes, Trevor Edwards, who was seen as the next CEO of the com­pany.

Other than Edwards, Nike con­firmed that Steve Les­nard,

Head of Run­ning in North Amer­ica; He­len Kim, Head of East­ern North Amer­ica; Simon Pestridge, Head of Mar­ket­ing for the com­pany’s per­for­mance cat­e­gories; and Tommy Kain, Nike’s Direc­tor of Sports Mar­ket­ing have also left top posts at the com­pany.

Post such ex­its, the US me­dia re-counted count­less cases of harass­ment at work­place with women and the bi­ased na­ture of pro­mo­tion that has been go­ing around in­side Nike’s man­age­rial depart­ment. The be­havioural prob­lems have also dented Nike’s sales in North Amer­ica, when the com­pany saw a rise in ev­ery other part of the world. No­tably, Nike’s CEO, Mark Parker, re­cently apol­o­gised to his em­ploy­ees for the work­place cul­ture that has gone down­hill in the re­cent past. “If all of our team­mates can’t feel like every­one is treated the same and don’t see the same op­por­tu­ni­ties, we just can’t ac­cept that,” he said.

It is be­ing re­ported that a group of fe­male Nike em­ploy­ees car­ried out a sur­vey to sought inputs on sex­ual harass­ment and dis­crim­i­na­tion against women at the work­place. The find­ing of which were pre­sented to Parker in March which steered a se­ries of res­ig­na­tions.

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