Tesco chair John Allan to step down following misconduct claims

Tesco chair John Allan to step down following misconduct claims

Tesco’s chair, John Allan, is to step down subsequent month after eight years within the position following allegations about his behaviour in direction of ladies that risked “turning into a distraction” to the UK’s largest grocery store chain.

Allan, additionally a former president of the CBI enterprise foyer group, denies three separate allegations of inappropriate conduct. He “unreservedly” apologised for a fourth allegation during which he admitted to telling a feminine CBI worker that her costume “suited her determine”.

The grocery store group has began in search of his successor and would conclude the method “within the close to future”, it stated.

Allan will step down on June 16 at Tesco’s annual assembly. Byron Grote, the grocery store’s senior impartial director, will turn into interim chair.

The three allegations denied by Allan embody two separate alleged incidents of touching a girl’s backside at a CBI dinner in Could 2019 after which throughout Tesco’s annual shareholder assembly in June final 12 months. Allan has additionally denied a declare that in 2021 he made feedback a few lady’s backside.

Tesco on Friday stated it didn’t determine any proof or complaints in relation to the AGM or Allan’s behaviour throughout his tenure after it launched “an in depth evaluation of the allegation”, which was reported by The Guardian newspaper earlier this month.

Tesco stated it bought in contact with attendees on the assembly, together with former workers, to ask them to return ahead if they’d issues.

The Guardian report got here within the wake of the scandal that has engulfed the CBI. The lobbying group’s future is now unsure after greater than a dozen ladies made complaints a few poisonous tradition on the group, in addition to allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and different office misconduct.

Allan stated in a press release on Friday: “It’s with remorse that I’m having to prematurely stand down from my place as chair of Tesco Plc following the nameless and unsubstantiated allegations made in opposition to me, as reported by the Guardian. These allegations are totally baseless, as the interior procedures undertaken by Tesco show.”

He added: “Tesco undertook an ‘in depth inside evaluation’ which included inviting Tesco workers and ex-employees to return ahead on an nameless foundation if they’d issues about my conduct. Tesco additionally performed outreach to those that attended the assembly the place the incident allegedly occurred, and video footage of the assembly has additionally been reviewed. There isn’t a proof of any wrongdoing at the moment or at any stage of my chairmanship at Tesco and I stay decided to show my innocence.”

Grote praised the 74-year-old for his “worthwhile contribution to Tesco” however stated the latest allegations “danger turning into a distraction” to the corporate. He added that the board’s seek for a brand new chair was “properly superior”. In line with earlier stories, Allan was on account of step down early subsequent 12 months.

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