New Paradox CEO regrets “inappropriate behaviour” during 2018 company meeting

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It’s been a tumultuous past couple of weeks at Paradox Interactive. CEO Ebba Ljungerud stepped down from her position over a difference in opinion with the board over future business strategy, and a leaked employee survey conducted by two Swedish labour unions revealed widespread worker mistreatment at the company, particularly among women. Now, returning CEO Fredrik Wester has admitted to acting inappropriately during a 2018 company meeting, apparently to address rumours about the incident that have recently arisen.

“In the name of transparency and clarity, I would like to shed light on this,” Wester wrote at the beginning of a thread he posted today on Twitter. “Accountability starts from the top.” Wester did not provide specifics, but said that during a company-wide conference in 2018, he subjected an employee to “inappropriate behaviour”.

“This was something I immediately and sincerely apologised for in person the following Monday in a process that was reviewed by [Paradox’s human resources department],” Wester wrote. “It has never been my intention to make anyone uncomfortable around me, but that is still what happened, much to my regret.”

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