Trevor Edwards, president of Nike Inc.’s flagship brand, resigned amid a swirl of reports that the company had received complaints about his behavior.
The complaints were not mentioned in the company’s official announcement of Edwards’ departure. His exit from his current role was described by the company as “effective immediately,” but he will remained employed by the company through Aug. 10.
Nike said Edwards “decided to retire from Nike in August. He will now serve as an adviser to [chairman, president and chief executive officer] Mark Parker until his retirement as Nike transitions its organization.”
Parker added: “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. I am committed to stay in my role as chairman, president and ceo beyond 2020. Trevor has decided to retire. We are fortunate to have a strong management team in place who is well suited to drive our next stage of growth and to steward and evolve our culture in the future.”
Elliott Hill, former president of Nike Geographies, will take on the new role as president of consumer and marketplace.
Hill will oversee marketing, geographies, Nike Direct and global sales. Michael Spillane will continue to lead all categories, design, product and merchandising.
Both Hill and Spillane will report directly to Parker.
In a regulatory filing, Nike said Edwards will be “subject to the terms and conditions applicable to resignations as set forth in his covenant not to compete and non-disclosure agreement.”
While the nature of the complaints against Edwards is not clear, his departure comes amid the sweeping #MeToo reevaluation across industries that has put Guess Inc.’s Paul Marciano under a microscope following allegations from Kate Upton. Laurent Potdevin, former ceo of Lululemon Athletica Inc., also resigned amid questions around his behavior.