Simply weeks after suspending its CEO and co-founder Ankiti Bose over allegations of monetary irregularities, the Singapore-based Zilingo’s board has now positioned Naushaba Salahuddin, the top of communications and PR underneath suspension, in keeping with two sources near the event. Salahuddin additionally heads Zilingo’s prevention of sexual harassment committee and joined the B2B agency in November 2018.
Salahuddin’s entry to emails and numerous different work instruments was suspended final weekend when she questioned the board over a company-wide e-mail questioning an earlier assertion issued by Zilingo to the media, one of many sources asking to stay nameless mentioned.
In line with the copy of the e-mail seen by FE, Salahuddin has accused the Zilingo board of issuing “false and half-truth” statements to the press concerning Bose’s sexual harassment complaints that have been allegedly introduced to note with the HR group final yr. The e-mail was marked to all of the board members and numerous different ladies workers at Zilingo.
“The board suspended my electronic mail entry yesterday as a result of I questioned the board concerning a media assertion made by a Zilingo consultant on behalf of the board, which is understood to be false and I additional questioned who made it? The media assertion maligns the corporate and its founder and senior officers whereas stating one thing that many workers of Zilingo know to be a lie,” Salahuddin talked about within the electronic mail.
Earlier media studies mentioned Bose had submitted a number of complaints in opposition to colleagues, however the administration allegedly didn’t act on these complaints adequately. “The threats have been sexually express in nature which she submitted with the board as effectively,” one of many sources talked about earlier mentioned.
Responding to those allegations, the Zilingo board mentioned that a number of days after her suspension on March 31, Bose dropped at the board’s consideration, for the primary time, sure harassment-related points pertaining to previous time intervals. “For the sake of readability, no harassment complaints are made in opposition to traders or their nominees. The board is dedicated to following due course of to look into all associated occasions from the previous which have now been dropped at their consideration.”
The Zilingo spokesperson added that the key traders of the corporate authorised the board to place Bose on suspension pending an investigation of the issues raised.
Addressing the above assertion in her electronic mail, Salahuddin alleged that the formal board assertion issued to the press “is factually incorrect” and that it was given to the media by an exterior company, with none session or information of the Zilingo communications group.
“The assertion made to the press, by the Zilingo board consultant to the information of many workers is fake – that it acknowledged that no board member knew about any harassment earlier than thirty first March and that assertion makes us all seem like liars,” Salahuddin added in her electronic mail to the board and ladies workers at Zilingo.
Reacting to this, on Might 2, the Zilingo board issued a recent assertion saying that “opposite to claims which were circulating within the media”, the choice to droop Ankiti was taken collectively by the board and the related shareholders pursuant to pre-agreed shareholders’ voting rights which doesn’t replicate the choice of a single shareholder.
“To make clear, no previous or current investor nominees on the board have been made conscious of the harassment claims, till after she (Ankiti Bose) was suspended. Moreover, these complaints don’t allege harassment by any traders or previous/present board members…For the avoidance of doubt, no guilt on anybody’s half has but been decided, because the investigations are nonetheless ongoing,” the assertion added.
Thirty-year-old Ankiti Bose, who has been on the helm of the corporate since 2015, is presently embroiled in a authorized tussle with the board after the latter accused the CEO and co-founder of inflating revenues.