Expelled ex-McKinsey Benelux CEO to New Flemish Alliance?
As a result of the phenomenal win in last week’s general elections the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) has to recruit a considerable number of new experts. One of the reported potential newcomers is Herman De Bode, ex-CEO of McKinsey Benelux. In 2005 De Bode was forced to resign for political reasons after he had put his signature under the famous Manifesto of a Flemish think-tank called In de Warande, named after the place where they usually meet. In the Manifesto, the think-tank lists, page after page, simple facts about the economic differences between Flanders and Wallonia, concluding that independence would be in the interest of both parties. The text was authored by a group of 50 businessmen and academics from Flanders, Even though Mr. De Bode had not used his position to promote or endorse his private political opinion he was forced to resign after threats by Francophone Belgian clients of the consulting company, including the Walloon regional government, that they would take their business elsewhere if De Bode remained in function.
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