Inside Nike, A Boys-Club Culture and Flawed HR

By Sara Germano and Joann S Lublin

Inside the Tiger Woods Center at Nike Inc. NKE 1.53% headquarters, hundreds of employees gathered on March 20 to hear a message from top executives: We need to change.

The event, part of an initiative to encourage men to be better allies for their female co-workers, happened five days after a leadership shake-up that came about after employees shared concerns about representation of women in the company’s top ranks, women’s pay and a culture some former employees have described as a boys club.

Among the panelists was Elliott Hill, a 30-year Nike veteran who had been promoted in the shuffle to president of consumer and marketplace. He told the crowd about his Texas upbringing by a single mother, according to one person in attendance.

nike“I’m not here because of the brand or because of the athletes or because of the product,” Mr. Hill said, according to the person. “I’m here because of the people.” He and Michael Spillane, another top Nike executive, told the group that the company needed to create a better environment for its employees.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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