Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester has issued a statement apologizing for his “inappropriate behavior” with another Paradox employee during a company conference held in 2018.
“In early 2018, we held a company-wide conference, and during this gathering, a Contradiction employee was subjected to inappropriate behavior by me personally,” Wester tweeted. “This was something I immediately and sincerely apologized for personally the following Monday in a process reviewed by HR.
“Everyone should have a right to be comfortable and safe, especially around a person in a position of power like me, which is what I said then and I am saying again now. Make anyone around me uncomfortable. It’s never been my intention to do it, but the same thing happened now, I’m very sorry. After this episode, I talk with my coach and mentor to better understand the impact of my behavior and to better myself. I’m working.”
The apology came less than two weeks after the resignation of Paradox’s previous CEO, Abba Ljungrud, and a week after the studio leaked an internal survey that found the majority of female employees experienced some form of abusive abuse. did.
In the wake of a recent survey leaked to the press, citing a specific incident in 2018, there have been rumors and discussions about my role in this environment. In the name of transparency and clarity, I would like to throw light on this. Accountability starts from the top.September 13, 2021
Wester was president and CEO of Paradox Interactive from 2009 to 2018, when he stepped down from both roles and became acting chairman of Paradox’s board of directors—a decision he said was unrelated to the incident. He was replaced by Ebba Ljungrud, who unexpectedly resigned from the company on 1 September, following what Paradox said “differing views on the company’s strategy were proceeding.”
Wester said at the time that Ljungrud’s resignation was not linked to the leaked survey, which concluded that “aggressive treatment is a systematic and very common problem in the paradox,” and that “there is a belief that criminals are protected at the managerial level.” Goes to the company.”
Despite this, it is imperative to question the timing of the recent events, and apologize less than two weeks after being reappointed to the top job for a previous workplace incident—and in contradiction to an apology about widespread mistreatment of employees. Public knowledge created just a week after the report—not a great place to start. Wester acknowledged this fact and said that due to this, he would not be directly involved in handling HR issues.
“I understand that when it comes to handling these issues internally it makes my cause less credible and therefore will not be directly involved, it will be done by HR with outside help in Paradox, but of course with my full support if necessary,” he said.
It’s unclear from that message whether Wester is actually distancing itself from wider employee-related matters, or further resolution of the 2018 incident. I’ve reached out to Paradox for further comment and will update if I get an answer.