Whistleblowers come in all shapes and sizes and my friend and fellow Bank Whistleblowers United colleague is certainly not one that fits most descriptions of a whistleblower.
Former Countrywide Financial executive Michael G. Winston, PhD, was at the pinnacle of establishment success. He’d held C-suite positions at Motorola, Lockheed, and Merrill Lynch before being enticed by Countrywide’s potential.
The company was one of the fastest growing in the country, with a 15,000% growth rate and one of the fastest growing stocks on Wall Street. It’s founder, Andrew Mozilo had been named CEO of the year just the year prior. They wanted Michael to help them build the “Goldman Sachs on the Pacific.”
Michael was interviewed this last week by Gretchen Morgenson of the New York Times on their new whistleblower series on the Times’ Facebook channel, which I’d had the opportunity to help initiate just the month before. In his interview, Michael talked about the signs he saw at Countrywide that led him to the choice he made.