Nike's top executive resigns amidst allegations of inappropriate behaviour

Nike Swoosh is seen on a basketball at Niketown in Portland Ore

Nike Swoosh is seen on a basketball at Niketown in Portland Ore

Nike also announced that Parker will be chairman and CEO of the company beyond 2020.

Edwards remains a prominent figure at Nike, reportedly touted as a frontrunner to succeed chairman, president and chief executive Mark Parker to lead the company.

According to the Wall Street Journal an internal memo which informing staff of Edward's retirement included reports of "behavior occurring within our organization that do not reflect our core values of inclusivity, respect and empowerment", though there was nothing linking this to Edwards.

Nike Inc. said it had received complaints about inappropriate workplace behavior and that its No. 2 executive has resigned, setting off a management shuffle at the sportswear giant.

The spokesman said there were "no direct allegations of misconduct against Trevor Edwards", who carried the title "brand president". "Trevor has chose to retire", says Mark Parker.

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Nike said Edwards will be an advisor to Parker, until he retires in August.

"This has been a very hard time", it quoted Parker as saying.

Both Mr. Parker and Mr. Edwards, like many of Nike's top leaders, have spent decades at the Beaverton, Ore., company.

He was responsible for the creation of Nike+ and also helped transform the digital landscape, as well as position Nike as a leader by using social media to connect with consumers globally. He is credited with championing Nike's push into fitness tracking.

Edwards was considered next in line to become the CEO at the world's largest shoe and apparel company. His previous stint was with Colgate Palmolive. Mr. Hill joined the company in 1988.

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