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Company CEO critcised over ‘misogynistic’ comments about Nadia Lim


Simon Henry comments appear to go against his own company’s diversity policy. (File photo)

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Simon Henry comments appear to go against his own company’s diversity policy. (File photo)

The boss of a stock exchange-listed company has been criticised for “misogynistic” comments he made about celebrity chef Nadia Lim’s appearance in My Food Bag’s prospectus.

In an interview with the NBR, rich-lister and DGL chief executive Simon Henry criticised fellow listed company My Food Bag for including a photo of brand ambassador Lim in its prospectus before being publicly listed.

“I can tell you, and you can quote me, when you’ve got Nadia Lim, when you’ve got a little bit of Eurasian fluff in the middle of your prospectus with a blouse unbuttoned showing some cleavage, and that’s what it takes to sell your scrip, then you know you’re in trouble,” he told NBR.

“Go back to that prospectus and find that photo. You know you’re in trouble. I mean, you know, when you got a TV celebrity showing off her sensuality to hock script, then you know you’re in trouble,” Henry said.

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Lim features on page 23 of the 84-page prospectus wearing blue denim jeans, a white top and a shawl, while cooking at a barbecue.

Henry also said the uglier a company’s board, the more successful its share price.

Henry has been approached for comment. A spokesperson said he was travelling overseas, and his schedule was fully booked.

Nadia Lim is a brand ambassador for My Food Bag.

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Nadia Lim is a brand ambassador for My Food Bag.

Lim, who was attending a conference on Wednesday, has been approached for comment.

DGL, which manufactures chemicals, has a diversity policy which says the company is committed to being an inclusive workplace that embraces and values diversity.

“In order to have an inclusive workplace, discrimination, harassment, vilification and victimisation cannot and will not be tolerated,” it says.

Public relations specialist Deborah Pead says DGL’s board should be demanding answers from Henry.

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Public relations specialist Deborah Pead says DGL’s board should be demanding answers from Henry.

Managing director of public relations consultancy Pead PR, Deborah Pead, who is friends with Lim and counts My Food Bag as a client, said Henry’s comments were misogynistic and insulting to Lim.

His comment about ugly boards being more successful was also an insult to the one woman on DGL’s board and would be hard to hear for all women working at DGL, she said.

“The women that work there, how can they look up to him as a leader when he is so proud of his misogyny that he challenges the NBR to quote him on it,” Pead said.

She said she was glad the NBR published Henry’s comments.

“This type of behaviour needs to be exposed.”

She said she was shocked and surprised someone of Henry’s position felt as though he had the licence to make such comments.

“It’s not acceptable, wherever it comes from, but certainly not someone in his position, he should know better.”

She said the board, customers and shareholders should be asking tough questions about Henry’s comments.

“We need to call this behaviour out.”

She said Henry should apologise to Lim and all the women in DGL’s workplace, especially the sole woman on DGL’s board who he had, in effect, called ugly.

He should also undertake conscious bias training, she said.



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