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Bad ‘Chemistry’ at CenturyLink Leads Director to Exit

  • Zimmel, a former Goldman Sachs executive, disputes account
  • Phone carrier says he made ‘environment that was unproductive’

A CenturyLink Inc. director resigned after his fellow board members said he was “creating an environment that was unproductive,” leading to a dispute that has now escalated into public view with the disclosure of sharply worded internal e-mails.

In a regulatory filing, the company didn’t explain what it means to create an unproductive environment or what exactly Joseph Zimmel, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive, did to generate it. All board members except one had agreed Zimmel shouldn’t stand for election again because of his impact on the group’s chemistry, the telecommunications provider said.