Dec 6, 2021

Ted Baker chair John Barton dies

John Barton, the chair of fashion group Ted Baker and a veteran of the City, has died at the age of 77, the company said on Monday. Barton had a long career at the head of FTSE companies, serving as chair of low-cost airline easyJet for almost nine years and of Next for more than a decade. Helena Feltham, Ted Baker's senior independent director, will assume the role of interim chair with immediate effect. Barton took over as chair of Ted Baker in July 2020, in the aftermath of allegations of inappropriate conduct, including "Forced hugging", against founder Ray Kelvin. Kelvin, who opened the first Ted Baker store in Glasgow in 1988, has denied the allegations.

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