White men ‘endangered species’ in UK boardrooms

Tesco chairman John Allan in trouble

Tesco chairman John Allan in trouble

Liberal knives are bring sharpened for one of the UK’s top businessmen, Tesco chairman John Allan, after it emerged that he told a retail industry conference: “If you are a white male, tough. You are an endangered species and you are going to have to work twice as hard.”

Speaking to an audience of executives at the Retail Week Live event on Thursday, Mr Allan said:
“For a thousand years men have got most of these jobs. The pendulum has swung very significantly the other way. If you are female and from an ethnic background and preferably both, then you are in an extremely propitious period.”

Speaking to a journalist from The Guardian the following day, Mr Allan sought to explain his comments as “intended to be humorous, a bit hyperbolic.”

However H&D suspects that a more grovelling apology will be required if Mr Allan is to keep his job…


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