Danish fintech company Tradeshift Holdings has fired its CEO after he was accused of sexual assault and harassment, Bloomberg reports.
In a press release, the fintech company wrote that CEO and co-founder Christian Lange was fired after the board became aware of serious allegations of sexual assault and harassment. The company also stated that the necessary steps have been taken to remove him from the board of directors.
“On September 1, Mr. Lange was terminated for serious misconduct in several areas, including the above allegations, and formal steps were taken to remove him from the Board.
At Tradeshift, we are committed to handling workplace crime complaints without compromise. Ensuring a safe and supportive work environment for our team is our top priority,” the company writes.
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Furthermore, the fintech company claims that it will create an alert number that employees can call anonymously with alerts about “crime of any kind.”
CEO James Sterk has been appointed interim president until a permanent replacement is found.
“James has been crucial to our growth in recent years, and under his leadership we are confident of a bright future for Tradeshift,” the company wrote.
Lange did not respond to Bloomberg’s inquiries, but told Danish financial newspaper Børsen:
-I have always been able to defend my actions as a leader.
Tradeshift counts Goldman Sachs and HSBC Holdings among its major investors, and has 800 employees working in 13 countries. In a financing round in 2021, the company was valued at $2.7 billion. The company was founded in 2005 under the name EasyTrade.
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