His case makes waves throughout the Migros Empire: Anton Gaumann (61). Veteran Migros Ari, head of the Dottie Group’s ten largest regional cooperatives, has to vacate his office. He retires early. That became known on Tuesday.
This came two days later: the explosion in Migros Ari was started by the headquarters in Zurich, which in this case also conducted the appropriate investigations. A whistleblower, an employee of Migros, dethroned the powerful provincial prince. This is what Berner Zeitung is now writing. In the summer, the Whistleblower Registration Office Migros Aare received a tip-off from someone. Their name: M-Concern.
Reasons for early departure
The platform is not maintained by the regional cooperative, but by the Migros cooperative based in Zurich. Employees from all over the world of Migros can report grievances here. These include: corruption, antitrust violations, conflicts of interest, property crimes, and cases of bullying. An outside company operates the platform so that whistleblowers remain anonymous if they wish.
Migros cites Goman’s “conflict of interest” as the reason for leaving. Internal investigations were said to have revealed indications of “compliance-related” operations. Compliance means behavior that conforms to the rules. Accordingly, Gäumann did not fully disclose the company’s requests to his wife.
His wife does not have the same family name. The lawyer runs a law firm in Bern. Migros has called Goman’s wife Ari as an expert in recent years, Migros’ press office confirms. The company does not disclose exactly what happened here when the orders were settled.
Stricter compliance rules at Migros headquarters
Interesting: Last year, the Migros cooperative tightened compliance rules. Perhaps also in reaction to the scandal surrounding Damien Peeler (63), the former head of the Migros Neuchâtel-Freiburg cooperative.
So it is entirely possible that Goemann found the rules to be tightened. The cruelty with which Goemann was punished for his behavior is astonishing to the “Berner Zeitung”. It quotes a response from Migros Ari’s press office, which stated that Goemann only violated the rule “that potential conflicts of interest must be reported in each individual case.”
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