Nike president Trevor Edwards retiring as the company addresses workplace behavior concerns

Javier Stokes
March 17, 2018

Edwards remains a prominent figure at Nike, reportedly touted as a frontrunner to succeed chairman, president and chief executive Mark Parker to lead the company.

Trevor Edwards, Nike's brand president, speaks during a presentation of Brazil's new national soccer team uniform kit, designed by Nike, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. A leaked letter to employees said Edwards would resign following complaints. "This has been a very hard time", he wrote, according to the Journal.

Private sector companies and top government officials alike have been under increased scrutiny for inappropriate behavior in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against sexual assault and harassment, which gained national attention previous year with the revelation of decades of allegations against famed movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Without making any direct connection, a Nike spokesman told AFP there had been "conduct inconsistent with Nike's core values and against our code of conduct". Parker committed to remaining Nike's CEO beyond 2020 after Edwards' departure.

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Another top executive is out at Nike, a day after Oregon's largest business announced a management shakeup and new measures to deal with "behavior" issues within the company.

Commenting on Trevor's departure, Parker said: "I'd like to thank Trevor for the important role he has played for 25 years and for his significant contributions. He has helped us grow and strengthen our brand on a global scale..." Another executive, Elliott Hill, was elevated to the role of overseeing the consumer and marketplace division as part of Thursday's announcement.

Edwards has worked for Nike since 1992, first joining as a regional marketing manager, and is credited with leading the brand's push into fitness tracking.

Nike is due to report earnings next week.

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