Former CAMS CEO and Rally Australia Chairman Graham Fountain has been forced to step down as CEO of Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade after claims of sexual harassment by a female employee.
Mr Fountain tendered his resignation this morning (Thursday Dec. 16th) , which was accepted by the president of the board, Neil Comrie.
According to a report in the Fairfax media allegations were made by a young woman who wants her details to remain confidential.
The MFB said in a statement the board took “swift and decisive action” to investigate the matter as soon as it became aware of the allegations.
The statement did not contain any details of what the allegations against Mr Fountain were.
Mr Fountain was recently appointed Chairman of Rally Australia, Australia’s round of the World Rally Championship.
The appointment drew considerable criticism, with members of Australia’s Rally community highly critical of Mr Fountain and his performance as CAMS CEO.
Mr Fountain’s tenure as head of CAMS saw many major changes within the organisation including the loss of many experienced staff members.
His appointment as Rally Australia chairman also drew criticism from many who were concerned about Mr Fountain’s capacity to devote the time necessary to the role while at the same time continuing in his full time job as head of Melbourne’s Fire services.
Rally Australia will be held around the Coffs Harbour region of NSW on September 8 - 11 in 2011.