Nike president Trevor Edwards will retire this summer, the company said Thursday, shortly after the corporation reportedly sent out a companywide email referring to workplace conduct.
Martin joined Nike in 1997 and was most recently vice president and general manager of global categories, with oversight over key Nike segments including basketball, soccer and running.
Greg Rossiter, a Nike spokesman, declined to comment on the reasons for Mr. Martin's departure, or when he had left.
In the midst of a probe into inappropriate workplace behavior at Nike, top executive Trevor Edwards has resigned and chosen to retire in August. The memo didn't describe the complaints or link them to Edwards, the Journal reported.
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"From a personnel perspective it certainly doesn't look good, and from a PR perspective it certainly doesn't look good", said Camilo Lyon, managing director for equity research at Canaccord Genuity.
In a company statement Thursday, Nike said Parker will remain as CEO and chairman, as well as take on the role of president "beyond 2020" - apparently disrupting initial CEO succession plans for the athletic behemoth.
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.
Separately, Nike has been under growing pressure as the company has lost market share to rival Adidas. To cope, Nike has forged ties with Amazon and is trying to rely less on retailers that are "mediocre" - a term Edwards himself used.
According to ESPN, Jayme Martin, who worked directly under Edwards, is also leaving the company. "Trevor has made a decision to retire", said Parker commenting on the development.