Nike scouts say they were fired after Top Tech Exec left

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Four Nike scouts said in LinkedIn posts on Tuesday that they had been fired. The messages come about a week after the resignation of Nike’s top chief technology officer, Ratnakar Lavu. Layoffs have swept the tech industry in recent months. Something is loading.

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Four Nike scouts said in LinkedIn posts on Tuesday that they had been fired. Three of them were recruited for tech jobs, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

The posts come a week after Nike internally announced the sudden resignation of Ratnakar Lavu, the company’s top chief technology officer.

Layoffs have swept the tech industry in recent months. More than 100,000 tech workers have already lost their jobs this year, more than half of last year’s total. Tech giants Google, Meta, Microsoft and Amazon have cut more than 50,000 jobs.

Nike did not immediately return an insider email seeking comment.

Former Nike employees who announced they were fired declined to comment or did not immediately respond to a LinkedIn message.

Each has worked under Nike’s talent acquisition, or recruiting arm, according to their LinkedIn profiles. Their profiles indicated that they had helped source candidates for various areas of the business, including data science, engineering, and analytics.

“It has been an amazing two years working alongside talented people, but I plan to use this time to recharge and refresh myself before diving back into the job search,” one of the workers wrote on LinkedIn.

It’s unclear how many jobs Nike has cut recently. The company employs 79,100 people, according to its latest annual report.

A fifth former Nike employee posted on LinkedIn a week ago about recent layoffs at a Nike team that worked on the company’s branding.

Nike last carried out large-scale layoffs in 2020, when it cut 700 jobs.

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