Janine Wedel has written extensively on how the "shadow elite" rule the world and about the "flexians"
- the movers and shakers of the shadow elite who glide across borders,
and structure overlapping (and not fully revealed) roles in government,
business, media, and think tanks to serve their own agendas.
says that flexians wear many hats both within and outside of
government, and use their networks of contacts to influence policy -
are warping our democracy and the rule of law.
Peter Sutherland is the quintessential flexian.
According to his September 2009 bio:
Peter Sutherland is chairman of BP plc (1997 - current). He is also chairman of Goldman Sachs International
(1995 - current). He was appointed chairman of the London School of
Economics in 2008.... Before these appointments, he was the founding director-general of the World Trade Organisation. He had previously served as director general of GATT since July 1993 ...
Sutherland resigned as BP's chairman in 2009, but apparently still serves in various key capacities.
Sutherland is managing director
- as well as chairman - of Goldman Sachs International (Goldman Sachs
International is the very powerful subsidiary of the Goldman Sachs
Group, of which Lloyd Blankfein is CEO). Sutherland is also an Advisory Director of Goldman Sachs Group.
Sutherland is also European Chairman for the Trilateral Commission.
He has, at various times, attended Bilderberg meetings.
As if that is not enough, Sutherland also serves in the following capacities (click on "Read Full Background"):
Sutherland served as an Attorney General of Ireland and also served as
European Commissioner from 1985 to 1989 where he was responsible for
competition policy.... He
serves as the Chairman of British Petroleum, BP Amoco PLC and United
Kingdom. From 1989 to 1993, he served as the Chairman of Allied Irish
Bank. .... He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Telefonaktiebolaget
LM Ericsson. He serves as a Director of Goldman Sachs International. He
has been Member of Supervisory Board at Allianz SE
since January 2010 and serves as its Member of International Advisory
Board .... Mr. Sutherland served as a Non Executive Director of BP Plc
since July 1995. He serves as a Member of Foundation Board of World
Economic Forum. He served as an Independent Non Executive Director of
National Westminster Bank PLC since January 2001. He served as an
Independent Non Executive Director of The Royal Bank Of Scotland Plc
from January 2001 to February 6, 2009.... In addition, he serves on the
board of Allianz, Koc Holding A.S. and is a member of the advisory
board of Eli Lilly.... He
served as a Director of LM Ericsson Telephone Co since 1996, Ericsson
SPA since 1996 and Investor AB since 1995. He served as a Non Executive
Director of Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc from January 2001 to
February 6, 2009.
Sutherland is - literally -
like Lloyd Blankfein and Tony Hayward rolled into one. But unlike
Blankfein and Hayward, he has also held numerous powerful governmental
and quasi-governmental positions.