“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,” said Parkin in a statement.
Parkin’s career at Adidas lasted 23 years, according to Adidas AG, chairman of the supervisory board, Igor Landau, who said that Parkin “had always acted in the best interest of our company and our people”.
“His decision to leave the company reflects this commitment and his belief that a new HR manager will advance the pace of change that Adidas needs today,” Landau said in a statement.
Coming out on Tuesday, Parkin said she was committed to the company’s goals of becoming more “diverse, inclusive and fair.”
Adidas said CEO Kasper Rorsted will head the acting HR department until a more permanent replacement is found.
Rorsted recently sponsored a global committee to accelerate inclusion and equality for Adidas, which the company says includes internal decision makers “from different racial and ethnic backgrounds” around the world.