Magazine article Insight on the News

Confusion Rules over White's Role on Enron Executive Committee. (News Alert!)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Confusion Rules over White's Role on Enron Executive Committee. (News Alert!)

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Was Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White a member of the Enron executive committee? And, if so, what did the so-called "executive committee" do? Official Army statements, Enron documents and the secretary's own words give conflicting accounts.

On Jan. 14, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) issued a letter to White asking the secretary to clarify his connections to the foundering energy giant. In the letter, Waxman referred to White's history "as vice chairman of Enron Energy Services (EES)" and his membership on "Enron's executive committee."

White responded on Jan. 22, news alert! has learned, with a letter answering some of Waxman's questions. First, however, he wrote, "In fact, I was not a member of Enron's executive committee, which is a committee of the Board of Directors, but rather a member of Enron's management committee."

Enron's 1998 annual report confirms that White was a member of the corporation's management committee. In the 1999 annual report, however, White and many of the company officials who served on the 1998 management committee are listed as members of an entity called the Enron executive committee.

White's own biography, posted on the Army's Website in May 2001, included this entry: "Secretary White also served as a member of Enron's Executive Committee and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Enron Operations Corporation." That entry appears verbatim in a press release issued by the Military District of Washington. But, news alert! …

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