In the midst of a probe into inappropriate workplace behavior at Nike, top executive Trevor Edwards has resigned and chosen to retire in August.
The Swoosh announced the news Thursday (March 16), shortly after it sent out a company-wide email to employees about the issue.
“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/chairman Mark Parker said in the email (via ESPN). “This disturbs and saddens me.”
Edwards, specifically, was not named in the email, but the timing suggests he may have been involved, especially since he was considered as a possible candidate for CEO eventually.
According to reports, he’s the No. 2 employee at Nike, and manage’s worldwide sales for the brand, including wholesale, retail and the e-commerce business. He is 55 years old.
As of Thursday, Parker said he plans to stay on as chairman, president and CEO beyond 2020.
According to ESPN, Jayme Martin, who worked directly under Edwards, is also leaving the company.