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Sports retailers struggle with systemic culture problems

November 13, 2018

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The world of sports retail has not been quiet this year. The trouble arguably started in February, when former Lululemon CEO Laurent Potdevin resigned from his position following claims of misconduct. Things got worse for the sector from there.

Nike was the next athletics retailer to come under scrutiny with the departure of Trevor Edwards. The then-Nike brand president was widely viewed as a potential successor to CEO Mark Parker, and his ousting served as a catalyst for a mass exodus of leadership at the company. The reexamination of corporate culture at Nike stretched out over the intervening months, leading to higher salaries for some employees, promotions for others and a lawsuit which alleged that gender discrimination issues at Nike are more systemic than just a few instances.

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