London, Mar 4 : Fashion retailer Ted Baker Plc said on Monday that Chief Executive Officer Ray Kelvin resigned, following an investigation relating to his habit of hugging business colleagues.
“Mr Kelvin has denied all allegations of misconduct. He has, however, today agreed to resign with immediate effect from his position as chief executive officer and as a director of Ted Baker Plc,” the retailer said in a statement.
Ted Baker announced in December an independent investigation into claims against Kelvin. “I’ve decided that the right thing to do is to step away from Ted and allow the business to focus on being the outstanding brand it is so it can face 2019 with fresh energy and renewed spirit,” Kelvin said in a statement.
Kelvin, who owns about 35 per cent of Ted Baker and has been CEO since its launch in 1988, went on a leave of absence a few days after the investigation was launched. The company said that hugs had become “part of Ted Baker’s culture” but were “absolutely not insisted upon.”
Acting Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Page has agreed to continue in the role, Ted Baker said, adding David Bernstein would act as executive chairman. UNI