| John Key |
|Born||John Phillip Key|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Alma mater||University of Canterbury, Harvard University|
John Key, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, announced his sudden resignation in December 2016 for "family reasons". Within a few days, his name was being floated as a candidate for Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, replacing Christine Lagarde who was ordered to stand trial in France over the Tapie Affair.
In 1995, he joined Merrill Lynch as head of Asian foreign exchange in Singapore. That same year he was promoted to Merrill's global head of foreign exchange, based in London, where he may have earned around US$2.25 million a year including bonuses. Some co-workers called him "the smiling assassin" for maintaining his usual cheerfulness while sacking dozens (some say hundreds) of staff.
Lying about Mass Surveillance
In 2013 Key promised expressly that if the Government Communications Security Bureau were found to have conducted mass surveillance, he would resign, together with GCSB chief, Ian Fletcher. In 2015, following revelations by Edward Snowden, GCSB chief Bruce Ferguson, admitted as much. John Key did not resign.
An appointment by John Key
|Ian Fletcher||Director of Government Communications Security Bureau||February 2012||January 2015||Resigned before the completion of his 5 year term|