Entrepreneur Luke Johnson said the Institute of Directors (IoD) is so obsessed with his interior lines, he has lost his way”.
Business woman-Lady Judge resigned Friday as chairman of the business group after allegations of racism, sexism and bullying. She denies the allegations.
The vice-president of Sir Ken Olisa and a non-executive director Arnold Wagner have also resigned in the middle of the fallout.
Mr. Johnson stated that the course of the lines to the IoD were “a disgrace”.
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He said that the organization must be “defend the company”, but had rather lost its way “in terms of governance.”
“I don’t know the truth of the allegations and counter-allegations, [but] clearly, it is not a good example for the business community”, said Mr Johnson, who has been a candidate for the IoD presidency in 2015 when the Lady Judge has been chosen.
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Lady Judge’s resignation came after it had made a number of disparaging remarks about colleagues.
She would have said to the IoD’s director-general last April that “the problem is that we have a black and a pregnant woman [on the IoD secretariat] that is the worst combination we could possibly have”.
His remarks are understood to have been recorded by the business lobby group’s director general, Stephen Martin, because he thought that she could make racist remarks.
Mr. Martin made the recording without his knowledge.
Lady Judge has said that the recording was made to trap her.
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“If I was president of an organization, and the chief executive has been secretly taping conversations I think it would be difficult to continue,” said Mr Johnson.
He said that the control and power within the organization were “sometimes opaque.”
“I don’t know how things unwind from here,” he added.