Ray Kelvin will take a temporary leave of absence from Ted Baker following allegations about his conduct with staff.
A petition from staff accused the founder and CEO of “forced hugging” and claims Kelvin asked “young female members of staff to sit on his knee” as well as regularly making ”sexual innuendos at staff”.
Kelvin will take a voluntary leave of absence whilst an independent investigation into the allegations is made by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.
He said: ”The accusations of the past week have raised some very serious and upsetting issues. It is only right that the Board and HSF should investigate fully. Ted Baker has been my life and soul for 30 years. I love this company and I care deeply for all my colleagues. It’s for that reason that I have decided to take a temporary leave of absence.”
”Ted Baker means everything to me and I can’t bear to see it harmed in any way”
David Bernstein, non-executive chairman, said: ”The Board has moved quickly to appoint Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to conduct a thorough and independent external investigation into recent reports regarding the company and its CEO.”
The company adds no further comment to the nature of the allegations as it remains under investigation.