LONDON May 4 The only female director of Sports
Direct has quit, dealing another blow to the British
sportswear retailer's corporate governance.
The firm, controlled by founder and chief executive Mike
Ashley, said on Thursday Claire Jenkins had resigned with
immediate effect from her position as a non-executive director.
Sports Direct's statement to the Stock Exchange gave no
reason for her abrupt departure and the firm did not immediately
respond to enquiries.
Her exit leaves Sports Direct with just three independent
non-executive directors, aside from Chairman Keith Hellawell,
according to the company's website.
Sports Direct has faced multiple challenges in the past two
years. British lawmakers condemned what they called its poor
working conditions and investors have criticised its corporate
governance. It has also traded poorly.
Last month Sports Direct entered the U.S. market by buying
two loss-making chains for $101 million, drawing criticism from
analysts who said the firm should keep its focus at home.
Shares in Sports Direct, down 18 percent over the last year,
were down 0.3 percent at 309 pence at 1207 GMT, valuing the
business at 1.75 billion pounds ($2.25 billion).
($1 = 0.7763 pounds)
(Reporting by James Davey, Editing by Paul Sandle)