Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AIG's Revolving Door

Look who is $tuck in it:

"‘I am here to grow AIG,’ new CEO pledges" by Chad Bray New York Times  May 15, 2017

Since being pulled back from the brink in the 2008 financial crisis, American International Group has shrunk significantly. And activist investors have further pushed to split the insurer.

The company’s new chief executive, however, pledged Monday to focus on growth.

Brian Duperreault’s appointment is a homecoming. Duperreault, 70, worked 21 years at AIG before leaving in 1994. He was a lieutenant to Maurice R. Greenberg, who built the New York-based company into a global colossus before resigning as chief executive amid accounting investigations in 2005.

Duperreault replaces Peter D. Hancock, who abruptly announced plans to resign as AIG’s chief executive in March after shareholders lost faith in a 2½-year turnaround effort.

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Hancock, a former J.P. Morgan executive, had come under pressure from activist investors. In 2015, the billionaire Carl C. Icahn publicly called for AIG to be split up and to get new leadership.

On Monday, Icahn, who has a nearly 5 percent stake in AIG, applauded the new chief executive.

Shares of AIG were up more than 1 percent Monday.

Duperreault, who founded and was chief executive of Hamilton Insurance Group of Bermuda, does not come cheap. He will receive an annual salary of $1.6 million; a short-term annual incentive bonus of $3.2 million, which would be prorated for 2017; and a long-term incentive award of $11.2 million.

Where is the medium-term incentive award?

He also would receive a one-time cash award of $12 million as compensation for unvested equity he forfeited by leaving Hamilton and the option to purchase 1.5 million shares of AIG stock as a one-time, sign-on award.

I $ee I $poke too $oon.

Duperreault becomes the sixth chief executive to run the insurer since the departure of Greenberg, who is known as Hank.

All I remember is his galling greed.

In joining AIG, Duperreault will find a company much different from when he left and will face a difficult task in bringing the insurer back to its precrisis heights.

AIG was once considered the gold standard for insurance companies as it expanded through acquisitions engineered by Greenberg, its longtime leader.

The insurer nearly collapsed in September 2008 and received a $185 billion government bailout. In recent years, AIG’s performance has lagged its peers, despite efforts by its leadership to simplify the company and trim costs.

Investors have been frustrated by the slow pace of recovery at AIG, but they were particularly rattled in February by the quarterly loss of $3.04 billion, which was larger than expected.

Yeah, that's with a B, so the millions they are $howering on this guy is chump change.

The loss was largely a result of a $5.6 billion increase in reserves to cover potential claims. Shares of AIG tumbled 9 percent the day after the results were announced.

Duperreault started at AIG in 1973 and rose through its executive ranks, leaving the company in 1994 for the top job at ACE.

He served as chief executive of ACE until 2004, when he was replaced by Evan G. Greenberg, Greenberg’s son and now the chief executive of Chubb. Duperreault served another two years as ACE’s nonexecutive chairman until he retired in 2006.

Related: "The deal will add coverage for commercial clients guarding against lawsuits and property damage, and for wealthy individuals in the U.S. protecting their mansions and yachts. Morgan Stanley is the banker for Ace."

It's a richer's world.

Duperreault returned to the insurance business two years later as president and chief executive of the professional services firm Marsh & McLennan Companies.

He retired again in 2012, only to be drawn back to the industry again in 2013 when he began running Hamilton, which he helped found.

Sort of like the Pacino Corleone!

“Brian is uniquely qualified to lead AIG at this important time. Brian has spent his entire career in insurance,” Douglas M. Steenland, the company’s chairman, said in a news release.

“He is a hands-on leader who has consistently delivered strong bottom-line results,” Steenland added.

AIG separately announced that it had agreed in principle to acquire Hamilton’s platform in the United States as part of a push to accelerate its application of data science and analytics to improve its insurance underwriting....

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