Yesterday, the company announced it will replace Nike vice president Jayme Martin, who was let go back in March, with Amy Montagne, a 13-year Nike veteran. Montagne was Nike’s vice president and general manager of global merchandising, and she previously held positions at Walmart and Gap. Martin was reportedly let go from Nike because he “protected male subordinates who engaged in behavior that was demeaning to female colleagues.” Montagne’s promotion is pivotal; as the Portland Business Journal reported, all category general managers at the company will now report to her.
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“Amy is a proven leader with deep experience in driving successful strategies across our organization,” Michael Spillane, Nike’s president of categories and product, said in a statement emailed to Racked. “In her new role, we believe she is the right leader to drive Nike’s Category Offense.”
Montagne is the second woman Nike recently promoted. Last week, PBJ confirmed that Nike was also moving Kellie Leonard, its VP of global corporate communications of 15 years, to a position as chief of diversity and inclusion — a new role for Nike. Leonard’s promotion comes alongside the exit of Antoine Andrews, Nike’s head of diversity and inclusion who was one of the six Nike executives who’ve left the company. While the company wouldn’t comment on his departure, Leonard’s new role alongside Andrews’s exit is certainly telling.