Ray Kelvin, CEO of UK fashion retailer Ted Baker, is a hugger.
According to an online petition seeking to end his practice, “he greets many people he meets with a hug, be it a shareholder, investor, supplier, partner, customer or colleague.”
And, it doesn’t stop with hugs. He asks young female employees “to sit on his knee, cuddle him, or let him massage their ears.” He strokes employees’ ears. He takes off his shirt in the workplace and talks about his sex life. Even worse, when employees go to HR to complain, they are told, “That’s just what Ray’s like.”