Karen Parkin has decided to leave Adidas after 23 years. She stepped down on June 30 as worldwide head of human resources and as a member of the executive board. A British citizen, Parkin was the only woman on Adidas’ management board. Her departure has been attributed to her failure to properly address allegations by company employees in the U.S. that the Big a was not doing a good job at combating racial discrimination. She apologized for using the word “noise” to describe the black employees’ complaints. Adidas stressed that it had “always been and will always be against discrimination in all forms and we stand united against racism.” Adidas’ chief executive, Kasper Rorsted, is taking charge of personnel until Parkin is replaced. She was hired in 1997 as sales director for Adidas UK and rose through executive posts in customer service, business development and supply chain before her five-year stint in human resources. She was appointed to the executive board in 2017. Early in her career she spent seven years at Lego as business account director.