Adidas Global HR Chief Karen Parkin resigns

Adidas Global HR Chief Karen Parkin resigns

Karen Parkin is retiring as the global head of human resources at Adidas following criticism about the German sportswear giant’s culture and lack of diversity from some employees. 


Adidas Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kasper Rorsted will assume her role until a successor is found.


In a letter sent to employees, Parkin wrote "While I have always stood 100 per cent against racism and discrimination and worked to create a more equitable environment, I recognize that the focus on me has become a hindrance inhibiting the company from moving forward."

Igor Landau, the chairman of the supervisory board, stated  Parkin has always acted in the best interest of the company and its people. 


"Her decision to leave the company reflects that commitment and her belief that a new HR leader will best drive forward the pace of change that Adidas needs at this time," he asserted.  


Parkin worked for Adidas for more than 20 years in sales, business development and supply chain positions across Britain, the United States and at the sportswear giant’s headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.



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