Nike said Edwards will be an advisor to Parker, until he retires in August. He'd been with Nike since 1992. According to a spokeswoman, there have been no direct allegations of misconduct against Edwards.
Edwards was considered next in line to become the CEO at the world's largest shoe and apparel company. "This disturbs and saddens me".
Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) was under fire on Friday following an internal memo and a change in its senior executive management that may or may not be connected. Parker said the company will create a mandatory training program for managers, and he directed staff to hotlines and email addresses to report issues confidentially.
"This has been a very hard time", it quoted Parker as saying. This includes Elliott Hill taking over as President of Consumer and Marketplace.
An internal memo detailing the claims, written by Nike Chief Executive Officer Mark Parker, has since been circulating in full on social media. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company didn't immediately respond to a request to speak with Edwards.More news: Blazers extend win streak to 11 with victory over injury-riddled Cavs
Nike in a recent statement has announced that Mark Parker will continue as the Chairman, President and CEO beyond 2020.
Nike sits at the nexus of the entertainment, sports and corporate worlds - all of which have been rocked in the past year by allegations of misbehavior by prominent figures.
Nike's spokesman said Edwards' departure was in light of "a decision to realign our team to accelerate our business and evolve our culture".
Parker said that a "comprehensive review" of its HR systems and practices will be conducted, and the complaint process will be improved.
According to reports, he's the No. 2 employee at Nike, and manage's worldwide sales for the brand, including wholesale, retail and the e-commerce business.