John Thain

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    Morgan Stanley Exec Doesn’t Want To Get Caught Pulling A John Thain

    Like the elderly couple that has money in the bank but nevertheless scrimps and saves every last scrap of food because they lived through the depression, flashbacks to John Thain skipping board meetings to powwow with decorators to select the finest drapes and trashcans money could buy keeps Greg Fleming in check.

    / Apr 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM
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    Charlie Gasparino Would Like To Rewrite Fraud Statutes, To John Thain’s Detriment

    [via @cgasparino, earlier]

    / Mar 5, 2014 at 5:51 PM
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    Taking Job At Merrill Lynch, Not Decision To Turn Office Into Versailles, Biggest Regret Of John Thain’s Life

    Regrets? John Thain has one. “I wouldn’t have taken the Merrill job,” he said in an interview. “I think that’s probably the single biggest thing.” Mr. Thain’s comments are some of his sharpest yet about life as Merrill Lynch & Co.’s chairman and chief executive. He arrived at the securities firm’s headquarters in lower Manhattan […]

    / Jun 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM
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    John Thain Now Free To Indulge His Interior-Design Yen Without Interference From The Fed

    And also return capital to investors.

    / May 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM
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    John Thain Kept His Promise To Never Redecorate An Office To The Tune Of $10 Million Again

    In February 2010, a year after he’d been fired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch for redecorating his office with $90,000 area rugs, $1,500 garbage cans, and $20,000 light fixtures, and just before he started his job as CEO of CIT Group, John Thain made a bold claim. “I think I’ll keep my office exactly the way it is,”  he told Bloomberg TV. At the time, we went on record saying that there was no way Thain would stick to this pledge, because like any other junkie with a substance abuse problem– in Thain’s case, fabulous furniture– he was at the stage of the recovery process when you have no idea how truly brutal and demanding the road ahead will be. You want to overcome the demons, and you’ll certainly try, but you’re naive enough to think that you’re bigger than the drugs and it’ll happen on the first attempt. We assumed that, like most fiends, he would relapse at least once or twice, especially considering the high risk environment he was about to go into, which was the hideous office of his predecessor at CIT, a place that had never met good taste. Today, however, we stand corrected.

    According to Fox Business News’ Senior Interior Decorator Charlie Gasparino, who first rose to fame with his report on Thain’s decorating spree at Merrill, JT has kept his word.

    “Sources tell the FOX Business Network that Thain’s new office is a low-key affair, far different than the $1.22 million renovated palace he had as CEO of Merrill Lynch that became the object of scorn during the financial crisis. ‘Lots of plastic and formica, and no expensive paintings or area rugs,’ is how one visitor described it to FOX Business. Gone are the $35,000 ‘commode on legs’ and $1400 ‘parchment waste can,’ according to one person with direct knowledge of the matter. ‘It looked like an insurance office…he seems to have learned his lesson,’ this person said.”

    He may have broken out in hives for the first three weeks, he may have wanted to rip the wallpaper down in a psychotic rage, he may have been serious when he came home after Day 1 and told his wife, “I may have to quit my job tomorrow,” but, god damn it, he stuck to his promise and for that we should reward him.


    / Sep 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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    John Thain Is Ready For His Next Challenge

    After he was unceremoniously fired from his post at the newly formed Bank of America Merrill Lynch, for reasons that included paying out big bonuses to ML executives and decorating his office with $1,500 garbage cans, John Thain understood that he would have to recede from the limelight for a bit. Take a job at a smaller firm and keep his head down for a while. Spend more time with his honeybees. Get back to his fighting weight. Drink a raw egg for breakfast every day. Run up and down the stairs of the Met. Work in a hideously decorated space, no matter how much it hurt.  Win some awards. Get his confidence back. Let people miss him. Well, Thain did all that. And now? He’s ready for you to make him an offer.

    Thain, currently the CEO of a small lending outfit called CIT Group, has been quietly shopping the firm to a larger player with the goal of selling possibly to a big bank and emerging as a candidate to run the bigger company, according to investment bankers with direct knowledge of the matter. Bankers say Thain began putting out feelers to sell CIT after the firm failed in its bid to purchase ING Direct earlier in the year. “They’ve been shopping themselves off and on because they have virtually no deposit base and thus no low-cost source of funds to run their business,” said one banker at a major firm with knowledge of CIT’s activities. “Thain may also be putting out feelers, trying to get a drumbeat going. Who knows, but it’s certain he’s up to something.”

    Anyone want to give him a big boy bank (or something) to run?

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    Looking For A Comeback, John Thain Shops CIT [FBN]

    / Sep 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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    Area Man Can’t Believe There’s Something Called “CIT Group”

    The master of ceremonies made a mistake as he named John Thain one of the year’s finest dads, introducing him as the chief executive officer of Citigroup. “Vikram Pandit will be very unhappy,” Thain said, accepting an award from Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council Inc. on June 14. “I’m actually the CEO of CIT, which is […]

    / Jun 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
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    Caption Contest Friday: John Thain, Excited On The Inside, Accepts Father Of The Year Award

    [Mark_Shriver via BI] Earlier: John Thain Awarded The One Bonus That Can *Never* Be Clawed Back

    / Jun 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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    Bank Of America Investors Still Don’t Feel Properly Compensated For Having Merrill Lynch Rammed Down Their Throats

    Remember in 2008, when Ken Lewis was all, “Oooh, wait, I don’t know about this Merrill Lynch thing” and tried to back out of buying the bank? And Hank Paulson threatened to stuff him in a meat locker if he did so Ken Lewis said okay, fine, I’ll do it? BAC investors are still upset about that.

    Bank of America directors’ $20 million settlement of investor lawsuits alleging the bank overpaid when it bought Merrill Lynch & Co. amounts to just 4 percent of the board’s $500 million in insurance coverage and is inadequate, lawyers objecting to the accord said. Attorneys for Bank of America shareholders suing in Delaware over the $50 billion acquisition of Merrill Lynch have asked a judge in that state to keep their claims alive even though a federal judge in New York is considering a $20 million settlement of almost identical suits brought by other bank investors. If that accord is approved, it could wipe out the Delaware claims. “The proposed settlement is grossly inadequate and represents only 0.4 percent of the value of the $5 billion derivative claims that the Delaware Derivative Plaintiffs have been vigorously pursuing,” lawyers for the Delaware investors said in a Delaware Chancery Court filing late yesterday. The settlement also amounts to “only 4 percent” of available insurance, they said.

    Disgruntled shareholders contend the board and former Chief Executive Officer Kenneth D. Lewis misled them about the brokerage firm’s losses leading up to the buyout and should have pulled the plug on the deal. Lewis, who left Bank of America in 2009, is now chairman of Chicago-based LaSalle Bank NA.


    / Apr 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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    John Thain Awarded The One Bonus That Can *Never* Be Clawed Back

    When people think of John Alexander Thain, as people surely often do, lots of thinks come to mind. High school wrestling. Competitive bee-keeping. Masterful stewardship of Wall Street firms. $68,179 19th Century Credenzas. $35,000 commodes. $28,091 curtains. $87,784 area rugs. $1,405 garbage cans. A keen eye for interior design and fabulous taste in general. Though we knew the current CIT Group chief executive officer was a father, we probably wouldn’t have included his parenting skills on a list his noted attributes and accomplishments, only because he has too many to mention. Apparently this represents a gross oversight because John Thain? Is a phenomenal dad. Award-winning, in fact.

    he National Father’s Day Committee, an entity of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, each year confers Father of the Year Honors on contemporary lifestyle leaders of our culture whose lives are dedicated to family, citizenship, charity, civility, responsibility and reverence. The funds raised by our Annual Father of the Year Awards Presentation are directed to the support of worthwhile concerns affecting men, fathers, and families. The objective of our program is to enhance the meaning of Father’s Day and encourage universal observance. 2012 Honorees include: Oscar Feldenkreis, Reynold Levy, Shaquille O’Neal, and John Thain.

    An award of this magnitude of course deserves a little more than a press release, so naturally, there will be a luncheon and presentation on June 14. Until then, the group is accepting nominations to add to the list, so if you think any of your favorite dads have been overlooked, do speak up today. Ken Lewis could use this.

    Father Of The Year Awards [M&D via BI]

    / Apr 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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    John Thain Regrets Not Busting Out His Onesie, High School Wrestling Moves On Hank Paulson

    “We collectively, the group of us, we should have just grabbed [Paulson and other Treasury officials] and shaken them and said, ‘Look, you guys cannot do this,’ ” Thain told FCIC interviewers in a Sept. 17, 2010 interview. “In my opinion, allowing Lehman to go bankrupt was the single biggest mistake of the financial crisis.” […]

    / Feb 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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    Jamie Dimon Is Being Played By Bill Pullman In Too Big To Fail

    Meanwhile, the part of noted interior decorator/part-time beekeeper John Thain has gone to Matthew Modine. [TVS]

    / Oct 22, 2010 at 1:45 PM
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    John Thain Getting That Familiar Itch

    The smaller but top quality Art Dealers Association of America fair, The Art Show, runs at the Park Avenue Armory until March 7. Tuesday night’s opening attracted big bucks collectors, including CIT Chairman and CEO John Thain and MoMA board president Marie-Josee Kravis. Show highlights include a two- artist hanging at Galerie St. Etienne of […]

    / Mar 4, 2010 at 2:09 PM
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    John Thain Cancels Bonuses At CIT

    As you’re aware, John Thain took over at the only firm that would have him (kidding, he’s the best), CIT Group, earlier last month. In his first order of business, Mr. T made sure to let everyone know he will not be redecorating his office like he did at Merrill, presumably before he saw just […]

    / Mar 2, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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    John Thain Makes Bold Promise He Most Likely Can’t Keep

    As you’re aware, John Thain has a substance abuse problem. The substances are fabulous chaise lounges, antique desks, and curtains that cost $1,000/yard. John’s brain is wired to think he needs these things and more to perform at the top level shareholders of the companies he’s run have grown accustomed to. Obviously this isn’t a […]

    / Feb 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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    John Thain: BACK IN THE GAME

    On the mat, in the locker-room, whatever. The point is, talks are being had, the gigs are being considered, the onesie is dry-cleaned and ready. For this moment. John Thain, who was Merrill Lynch & Co.’s chief executive officer before being ousted a year ago, has held talks to become the head of CIT Group […]

    / Jan 12, 2010 at 4:42 PM
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    John Thain: Wall Street Gets It On Compensation

    He knows this because the banks have said they’re going to be giving out more in stock, less in green when it comes to bonuses, which shows that they’re not tone deaf to anger. They get it, they get it so much it hurts. Especially one firm in particular, which pretty much came up with […]

    / Jan 11, 2010 at 1:33 PM
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    Someone Might Actually Want To Work For Bank Of America Now?

    So! Now that the government doesn’t have its foot up Bank of America’s ass, is there anyone out there who’d like to run the place? Literally no one wanted the CEO job up until yesterday, but with the TARP repayment, some people are thinking this is now a dream gig any girl would kill for, […]

    / Dec 3, 2009 at 4:21 PM

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