Antoine Andrews, Nike’s VP, diversity and inclusion, has left the company, according to Bloomberg. His exit comes a few weeks after allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior led to changes in the executive ranks.
Nike confirmed Andrews’ exit but didn’t disclose the reason. Andrews joined Nike in 2015. He formerly had been director, global diversity and inclusion from April 2014 to September 2015 and was senior director, diversity and inclusion, Gap Inc., from January 2007 to April 2014.
In mid-March, Nike announced that the resignation of Trevor Edwards, Nike Brand president, and the firing of Jayme Martin, VP and general manager of global categories for Nike Brand, due to workplace complaints. Nike said at the time of the dismissals that it was conducting a review of the company’s human-resources systems and practices for elevating internal complaints.
In an internal memo sent out March 5, Monique Matheson, EVP, global human resources, Nike, said the company “has failed to gain traction” in hiring and promoting more women and minorities to senior-level positions and would be making changes in the hiring and promotions processes.
With Edward’s retirement in August following a period as a consultant, Mark Parker, chairman, president and CEO, committed to serve as chairman, president and CEO beyond 2020. Parker said on Nike’s third-quarter conference call on April 23, “We have a deep leadership bench at Nike and I’m confident that our restructured leadership team will continue to strengthen our culture and drive the Consumer Direct Offense.”
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