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Sports Direct loses second senior executive in space of a week as legal expert quits

Tycoon: Mike Ashley
Tycoon: Mike Ashley

By Simon Neville

Mike Ashley has lost a second senior executive from his Sports Direct retail empire in a matter of days.

Company secretary Cameron Olsen resigned on Monday, according to documents filed with Companies House.

His decision to step down on Monday came on the same day that Mr Ashley's retail chief Karen Byers, who had worked for the billionaire tycoon for 28 years, also quit. Loyal legal expert Mr Olsen had worked for the business for 15 years, including during its listing on the stock market in 2007.

A spokesman for Sports Direct said: "For personal reasons, Cameron has decided to return home to Australia after a great tenure here at Sports Direct.

"Naturally we are saddened he is leaving but he goes with our very best wishes for the future."

He was made company secretary in 2013 at the height of the zero hours contract scandal, when it was first revealed that Sports Direct used the controversial contracts for the vast majority of its staff.

Mr Olsen had previously worked as legal counsel to Sports Direct and was head of legal when he resigned.

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The company confirmed he has been replaced by Tom Piper, who has been with Sports Direct since February 2017, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Mr Piper specialises in property law and also becomes head of legal for Mr Ashley's company.

The company secretary is ultimately responsible for the administration of Sports Direct.

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