Multinational Chairman's Group: Still Little Known About It
Let me start out by saying there's almost nothing known about this group at the time of this writing. I stumbled across it at Bilderberg.org , where it was referred to as the Multinational Chairman's Committee. I didn't really pay attention to it at that time. Some months later, I found a group that was referred to as the Multinational Chairman's Group. Information about this group came from two articles, one from the Daily Mail , the other from the Guardian.  The name has also appeared on at least two government websites [4, 5], although no details were provided in those cases. Very few other references are available and none of them provide any additional information.  Still, it is possible to get an idea of the relevance of this group.
|British American Tobacco||UK|
|Rio Tinto Zinc||UK|
|Imperial Chemical Industries||UK|
On the left, the reader can find the companies that have been mentioned in the two or three articles published until this point as being members of the Multinational Chairman's Group. After looking at the companies' headquarters it turns out that all of them are located in the United Kingdom, although some of them have originated from Ireland. Two corporations, Shell and Unilever, have joined headquarters with the Netherlands.
What else can we figure out about this group? Well, the members meet in private with the prime minister of England, in this case Tony Blair. According to the article in the Guardian, this group can also arrange meetings with other members of government they wish to speak to in private.
According to the Bilderberg.org article (if one can call three sentences an "article"), the group has great influence on the Multilateral Agreement on Investments (MAI) , which is a more far-reaching agreement than GATS of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The group's influence on MAI is not particularly surprising, because it has already been reported that the related British Invisibles were greatly influencing the WTO through the high and low level LOTIS commissions. 
The WWF and Oxfam apparently are two of the organizations the Multinational Chairman's Group is planning to meet with at MAI. They appear to be under the influence, if not control, of the same business interests. The money supply of the WWF is directed by the 1001 Club, a group mainly consisting of friends and business associates of Prince Philip and the late Prince Bernhard. The Windsors also seem to be closely involved with the Oxfam charity, judging by their Windsor Oxfam Campaigns Group. 
Another organization the Multinational Chairman's Group is planning to debate with is the anti-corporate World Development Movement (WDM).
At the moment, this is all the information that's available.
|Bond, Sir John||
Joined HSBC in 1961. He has spent 25 years working in Asia, in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia, and 5 years working in the USA. Executive director of HSBC from 1988 to 1992. CEO of HSBC from 1992 to 1998. Chairman since 1998. Director of Ford Motor Company. Former chairman of the Institute of International Finance (Washington). Former director of the London Stock Exchange, Orange plc, British Steel plc and the Court of the Bank of England. Member of the Financial Services Forum. Director of Vodafone since 2005. Director of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, together with four former U.S. presidents, Maurice R. Greenberg, Henry R. Kravis (Bohemian Grove), David Rockefeller, Jerry I. Speyer (big Rockefeller guy), John C. Whitehead (photographed standing behind Lord Rothschild and Kissinger; likely Pilgrim), Anne M. Tatlock (gone from her WTC on the morning on 9/11), Richard D. Parsons (Sun Valley Meetings), Michael Eisner (Sun Valley Meetings), and Peter G. Peterson(chair Blackstone Group; chair NY Fed; chair CFR).
Former chairman of British American Tobacco plc. Non-executive director of British Airways 2000-2004. Chairman of British Airways since 2004. Chairman of the British Horseracing Board. Member of The European Round Table of Industrialists. Member of the International Advisory Board of the British-American Business Council. When BAT was accused of large-scale cigarette smuggling, Broughton was able to privately meet with prime minister Tony Blair and trade secretary Stephen Byers. This made sure the report on this accusation was dropped.
|Browne, Lord John||
The Lord Browne of Madingley is Group Chief Executive of British Petroleum (BP) p.l.c. Joined BP in 1966 as a university apprentice. Holds a degree in Physics from Cambridge University and an MS in Business from Stanford University, California. He is a non-executive director of the Intel Corporation, Goldman Sachs, and a trustee of The British Museum. He is a member of the Chairman’s Council of DaimlerChrysler. Member of the Supervisory Board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 to 2001 and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996 to 1999. Member of the International Advisory Boards of Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer and AIG. Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, and Emeritus Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Chairman of the Judge Institute Advisory board, a Trustee of the Cambridge University Foundation, and a member of the Guild of Cambridge Benefactors. Member of the board of Catalyst, a director of Conservation International, and Chairman of the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. He is an honorary Trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a trustee of the Conference Board, Inc., and a Vice President of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum. He is a member (and former Chairman) of the British American Business Inc. In 1999, the Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him the Prince Philip Medal for his outstanding contribution to the field of Engineering. He was knighted in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours and made a life peer in 2001.
|Hogg, Sir Christopher||
Sir Christopher Hogg was born in 1936 and has an MBA from Harvard. Former Chairman of Courtaulds 1980-1996 (CEO 1979-1991). Director of the Bank of England 1992-1996. Director of GlaxoSmithKline since 1993 (SmithKline Beecham back then). Former chairman of Allied Domecq plc. (drinks giant). Chairman of Allied Domecq since April 1996. Member of the International Council of JP Morgan and a Ford Foundation Trustee. Chairman of the Reuters Group until 2004. Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline 2002-2004. Former chairman of the National Theatre board. Governor of the Ditchley Foundations. Member of the Supervisory Board of Air Liquide (the world leader in industrial and medical gases and related services).
|FitzGerald, Sir Niall||
Joined board of Unilever in 1987. Chairman and CEO of Unilever from 1996 to 2004. Director of Reuters since 2003 and the new chairman since 2004. He replaced co-MCG member Sir Christopher Hogg and Reuters almost doubled the salary of that position (went from £278,000 to £500,000). EU chairman of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue. Knight of the British Empire. Spoke to Chatham House about the Anglo-American Relations.
Some of the organizations these five men represent:
|Bank of England||2|
|European Round Table||1|
|Financial Services Forum||1|
|Institute of International Finance||1|
|Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue (EU chair)||1|
Bilderberg.org, Multinational Chairman's Committee: "A UK body made up of...guess what? Group plans to meet with Oxfam/WWF/WDM on MAI at some point. Members include ICI, BP, Shell, BAT, RTZ, Glaxo, Unilever, Guiness, Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank."