The sneaker giant, Nike yesterday confirmed that several senior executives along with women who’d spent more than two decades are no longer with the company as the reckoning over inappropriate behavior in the company. Further, the company said that approximately 11 seniors have recently departed.
The sneaker giant’s spokesperson confirmed that Simon Pestridge, global vice president of marketing for performance categories, Helen Kim, vice president of Nike East for North America, Steve Lesnard, VP and GM of global running are out of the company. Yet, the reason behind seniors’ departure is uncleared.
Monique Matheson, Nike’s human resources chief said on Tuesday that Nike had received more than 43,000 responses to an employee survey that were fueling some very important conversations and changes.
Monique continues, “The departures follow the exits of several other executives including a vice president of diversity and inclusion. In March, Nike’s CEO Mark Parker reportedly sent a memo to employees regarding inappropriate workplace behavior and plans to overhaul its leadership.”
Nike’s latest move in a slew of executive exits since March when the company started reviewing complaints about managers’ behavior. Company’s departure includes several vice presidents as well as Trevor Edwards.
Sources stated that the sneaker giant formed a new c-level position dedicated to diversity and inclusion to run two of its most important categories and placed new female executives in two other top roles.
Simon Pestridge joined the company in 2006 and didn’t immediately respond to the request for comment, other seniors could not be reached either.