Tue Feb 19th, 2008 at 10:31:36 AM EST
Ah, the irony!
Klaus-Gerhard Zumwinkel was dismissed as CEO of the German Postal Service after a razzia due to suspected tax evasion of one million Euros last Thursday. Now the German news-site Spiegel.de reports that the most recent issue of the Postal Service's internal newspaper - published and distributed to 400,000 current and former staff on Wednesday - features an article entitled: "Executives are Role Models".
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The article reports on a meeting of top-managers of the German Postal service and quotes now disgraced Zumwinkel as saying that the "true key to success" was the style of leadership, that executives must set an example in moral values. "You are the key to success", Zumwinkel told his top staff, "you are the top leaders, the role models".
Zumwinkel was the first prominent person whose criminal dealings became public after the German Secret Service paid an informant EUR 5 million for a disc full of internal customer data of LGT - the private bank of the Princes of Liechtenstein.