Ted Baker founder to take temporary leave after harassment allegations made against him
Ted Baker founder and chief executive Ray Kelvin is to take a temporary leave of absence after allegations of harassment were made against him.
He said in a statement that the accusations that he enforced a "hugging" culture on staff had "raised some very serious and upsetting issues".
"Ted Baker has been my life and soul for 30 years," he said.
"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."
The company said it had been made aware of "further serious allegations" concerning Mr Kelvin's conduct.
Chief operating officer Lindsay Page has been appointed interim CEO.