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OffbeatTed Baker CEO to take leave after new allegations

20:05  07 december  2018
20:05  07 december  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Fashion chain Ted Baker 's chief executive Ray Kelvin is to take a voluntary leave of absence amid allegations of harassment. Last week, an online petition launched by employees accused 62-year-old Mr Kelvin of inappropriate comments and behaviour, including "forced hugging".

Herbert Smith Freehills will examine claims against company founder Ray Kelvin.

Embattled Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin, under fire for giving unwanted hugs to employees, will take a leave of absence after company officials learned of “further serious allegations” regarding his conduct.

Kelvin will take a voluntary leave from his chief executive officer’s post while Herbert Smith Freehills conducts its independent investigation, the company said in a statement. Ted Baker has also created a committee of non-executive directors to ensure an appropriate response to employee concerns.

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Ted Baker’s board and the committee “have now been made aware of further serious allegations about the conduct of founder and Chief Executive Officer Ray Kelvin, which it will also be investigating,” the company said. The decisions were made “for the benefit of the business and the people who work in it.”

Kelvin has been under a microscope following reports that he gave staff members unwanted hugs and asked female employees to sit on his knee. The CEO also pushed an employee against a wall in a glass meeting room in 2016 while dozens of staffers looked on, according to three people who witnessed the incident and asked not to be named.

The CEO said he was stepping aside because the events of the past week have “raised some serious and upsetting issues” and he didn’t want to see harm to the retailer.

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As a PR at Ted Baker in the 1990s, I experienced the inappropriate way the CEO treated his employees, says Erica Roffe. You had to have resilience to take the sex chat and the “banter”, to accept the often unwanted physical contact and to put up with the ritual humiliation: if you were late

Shares in Ted Baker have hit a three-year low in London after allegations of "forced hugging" "It is part of a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged," the petition claims. But Ted Baker says that the matters raised in the petition were "at odds with the values of our business and those of our CEO ".

“Ted Baker has been my life and soul for 30 years,” he said in a statement. “I love this company and I care deeply for all my colleagues.”

Shares Plunge

The uproar prompted a plunge in the company’s shares that wiped away almost one-fifth of its value this week. That’s prompted speculation among analysts that one of the U.K.’s rare retail success stories of recent years could become vulnerable to a takeover, even though Kelvin owns about 35 percent.

“It’s not unreasonable to think that Ted Baker could be in play after the magnitude of the share price fall and the fact that it is a single proprietary brand,” says Clive Black, the head of research at Shore Capital.

Chief Operating Officer Lindsay Page will immediately begin serving as acting CEO in Kelvin’s absence, the company said.


Report: Knicks converting Trier to 2-year contract, releasing Baker.
The New York Knicks appear to have struck gold in undrafted Arizona product Allonzo Trier. With his 45 days of service time on a two-way contract set to expire, the team is converting Trier to a two-year deal using the bi-annual exception, league sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); In order to create a roster spot for Trier, the Knicks are reportedly releasing Ron Baker, who was in the final season of a two-year, $8.

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