|Born||Edward Michael Liddy
January 28, 1946
New Brunswick, New Jersey
|Alma mater||Catholic University of America
George Washington University
|Title||CEO and Chairman of AIG|
|Term||September 2008 – August 2009|
|Predecessor||Robert B. Willumstad|
|Board member of||3M and The Kroger Company|
Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Liddy was educated at the Trinity-Pawling School for Boys (Founder's League), located on the hills overlooking Pawling, New York. He graduated high school in 1964 from the Clearwater Central Catholic High School, along with its first graduating class of 27 students. At the time, he and his mother lived near downtown Clearwater, Florida. He holds a B. A. degree from The Catholic University of America (1968) and holds an MBA from George Washington University (1972).
Liddy worked for Ford Motor Company until 1981 when he joined Searle. From 1986 to 1988. Liddy was executive vice president of ADT, Inc. In 1988 he moved to Sears and then in 1994 to Allstate where he was chief operating officer until 1999 and chairman, chief executive officer and president until 2005.
Liddy became CEO of AIG in September 2008, succeeding Robert B. Willumstad. As CEO of AIG, Liddy received a salary of just $1, but also received $460,000 to cover "housing, travel, taxes and legal fees".
Liddy garnered national headlines in October 2008 for defending a controversial $440,000 AIG retreat for top-performing insurance salesmen at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, California. The retreat, which was held shortly after the U.S. government rescued AIG from insolvency with $84 billion in loans, included $200,000 for rooms, $150,000 for meals and $23,000 for the spa. In testimony before the U.S. House Oversight Committee, Liddy stated that such retreats "are standard practice in our industry." During the U.S. presidential debate on October 7, 2008, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama mentioned the retreat and said, "The Treasury should demand that money back and those executives should be fired."
In light of the AIG bonus payments controversy, Liddy urged employees to return $165m issued in bonuses to them, suggesting doing the "right thing" and returning at least part of the bonus is preferable to legal action, noting “honoring contractual commitments is at the heart of what we do in the insurance business.” While Liddy called the bonuses “distasteful” in an appearance in the House of Representatives, it later transpired that Liddy had accelerated more than a quarter of AIG Financial Products bonuses by three months, which Jake DeSantis described as “hardly something that one would do if he truly found the contracts ‘distasteful’.”
Liddy owned 27,129 shares in Goldman Sachs, at the time worth just over $3 million. In April 2009 members of Congress called for Liddy to sell these shares, as they created a conflict of interest due to Goldman Sachs' receipt of bailout money.
Liddy announced on May 21, 2009 that he would resign as AIG Chairman and CEO when replacements were found, suggesting that the two roles be split. In August 2009, Robert Benmosche took over as CEO and Harvey Golub as chairman.
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Robert B. Willumstad
|Chairman of AIG
Robert B. Willumstad
|CEO of AIG