BrewDog chief pulls out of speaking engagement
Company culture has been under attack
A BrewDog executive has pulled out of a speaking engagement following the recent complaints from ex-employees alleging that the craft beer giant operated a culture of fear.
The Aberdeenshire firm’s president and group chief operating officer David McDowall was due to speak at Aberdeen’s first TEDx event next month.
He was expected to deliver a speech encouraging the audience to “think David” but “be Goliath”, drawing on BrewDog’s growth.
But a tweet sent from the organisers of the event on 31 July said Mr McDowall has had a change of heart.
The tweet stated: “Dave McDowall, president and COO of BrewDog, has withdrawn as a speaker at TEDxAberdeen.
“In light of allegations raised by open letter from ex-employees, Dave is focusing his energies with his team at this time.”
A letter from ex-employees posted on Twitter earlier this month claimed a “significant number” of former staff had “suffered mental illness as a result of working at BrewDog”.
It claimed there was a toxic culture at the company. The letter prompted an immediate apology from co-founder James Watt who has also instigated an internal review of the company’s HR policies.
It later emerged that the company had appointed non-executive director Blythe Jack as its first chairman two days before the open letter appeared on Twitte.