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Another senior departure at Nike as VP of diversity and inclusion exits

Antoine Andrews, Nike Inc.’s VP of diversity and inclusion, has exited the company. According to his LinkedIn, Andrews has helmed the role for over two years and was previously director, global diversity and inclusion and Symantec for more than a year. He has also helmed similar roles at Gap Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

His departure comes shortly after the company’s VP and general manager of global categories Jayme Martin, left the company following complaints regarding inappropriate behaviour. The news came soon after president of Nike brand Trevor Edwards resigned from Nike Inc. According to the Wall Street Journal, both men have been accused of protecting male employees who degraded women and bullied employees from foreign countries.

Marketing has reached out to Nike Inc. for comment regarding Andrew’s departure. Nike has not yet publicly shared the reason for his departure.

According to CNBC, an informal survey was circulated by a group of female employees in 2017 to obtain insight into other women’s experiences regarding discrimination and inappropriate behaviour within the company. Nike CEO Mark Parker commenced a formal review after the survey was brought to his attention, leading to the resignation of both Martin and Edwards.

In an internal memo, Parker wrote that he will restructure the leadership team to enable “closer management and sharper focus” on the company’s culture. He added that Edwards will serve as an advisor to him until his retirement. Parker also said he is committed to serve as chairman, president and CEO for Nike beyond 2020.

Nike is not the only company to have experienced complaints about workplace misconduct. Earlier this month, Unilever marketer Mark Clarke departed the company admit an internal investigation into sexual-harassment allegations by an unnamed contractor.

In February, Lululemon Athletica Inc’s CEO Laurent Potdevin also resigned effective immediately after exhibiting behaviour that fell short of the company’s standards of conduct, such as exemplifying integrity and respect for one another.

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