Ted Baker founder to take ‘leave of ab­sence’

The Scotsman - - Business - By HAN­NAH BURLEY

Fash­ion house Ted Baker has an­nounced its em­bat­tled boss Ray Kelvin will take a vol­un­tary leave of ab­sence after fresh al­le­ga­tions about his con­duct.

The busi­ness, which has its roots in Scot­land, said its board had been made aware of “fur­ther se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions” about the be­hav­iour of its founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Kelvin had agreed “for the ben­e­fit of the busi­ness” to leave his role while the al­le­ga­tions are in­ves­ti­gated, said the firm.

This comes after the re­tailer ap­pointed law firm Her­bert Smith Free­hills to in­ves­ti­gate ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against Kelvin, which had led to a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the brand to take ac­tion and ac­cused the boss of en­forc­ing a “hug­ging” cul­ture.

The board said it will make no fur­ther com­ment about the na­ture of the al­le­ga­tions while they re­main un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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