Second Top Nike Executive Departs Amid Complaints of Workplace Behavior

Nike confirmed the departure of a second senior executive within 24 hours on Friday, an apparent shake-up after the global sportswear giant acknowledged it had received internal complaints about workplace behavior.

Jayme Martin, a vice president and general manager of global categories, has left the company, a spokesman confirmed on Friday. His departure follows the exit of Trevor Edwards, a top official whose retirement was announced on Thursday.

Greg Rossiter, a Nike spokesman, declined to comment on the reasons for Mr. Martin’s departure, or when he had left.

Mr. Martin, who joined Nike in the late 1990s, reported to Mr. Edwards, who was seen as a potential successor to Nike’s chief executive, Mark Parker. In a statement on Thursday that seemed aimed at providing a note of stability, the company said that Mr. Parker would remain in his role at Nike past 2020.

The Wall Street Journal first reported Mr. Martin’s departure on Friday.

“Abrupt changes of this nature are rarely good in the short term,” said Sam Poser, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, who added that Nike was known for developing and training employees.

“These are the orchestra conductors at Nike,” he said of Mr. Edwards and Mr. Martin. “One individual isn’t going to make or break it, generally, but it’s just that this was sudden.”

In an internal memo to staff on Thursday, Mr. Parker wrote that the company had received complaints of “conduct inconsistent with Nike’s core values and against our code of conduct.”

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve become aware of reports of behavior occurring within our organization that do not reflect our core values of inclusivity, respect and empowerment at a time when we are accelerating our transition to the next stage of growth and advancing our culture,” Mr. Parker wrote. “This disturbs and saddens me.”

Mr. Edwards, who joined Nike in 1992 and eventually rose to become the company’s brand president, will depart in August. He will serve as an adviser to Mr. Parker until then.

Mr. Parker’s memo did not characterize what type of complaints Nike had received, or against whom. But a national reckoning over sexual harassment has put pressure on companies in a wide range of industries to seriously address accusations of misconduct against even their highest-ranking officials. Such accusations have felled celebrity chefs including Mario Batali, film producers including Brett Ratner, and the casino mogul Steve Wynn.