“It has become clear to me that to unify the organization it would be better for me to retire and pave the way for change,” Parkin said in a written statement.
Parkin’s career at Adidas spanned 23 years, according to Adidas AG Chairman of the Supervisory Board Igor Landau, who said Parkin “always acted in the best interests of our company and our 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,” Landau said in a written statement.
On her way out Tuesday, Parkin said she is committed to the company’s goals of becoming more “diverse, inclusive and equitable.”
Adidas said CEO Kasper Rorsted will take over as interim head of HR until a more permanent replacement is found.
Rorsted recently sponsored a global Committee to Accelerate Inclusion & Equality for Adidas, which the company said includes internal decision makers “from different racial and ethnic backgrounds,” around the globe.