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Retirement Agreeing With Joseph Cassano

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Sure, ABC News reports that AIG's most famous alum is probably going to be brought up on federal fraud charges for his role in kind of bringing the company down. And yeah, when asked for comment on the sitch, he sort of acts like a dick, being all, "I don't want to talk about it." But the fact of the matter remains: Cassano, once a regular Jon Lovitz doppelgänger is looking better than ever! He's definitely lost some lbs, and there just seems to be a certain joie de vivre going on around him. Perhaps it's the daily bike rides? That's what we're thinking. Unfortunately, the new look will probably work against Joe C, once he's placed in a federal Pound Me In The Ass Prison, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.


Bonus Watch '12: Retired Citigroup CEOs

Uncle Vik may or may not be getting a little something extra in his stocking, depending on how generous Citi is feeling. Vikram Pandit, who stepped down yesterday as Citigroup’s chief executive officer, stands to forfeit almost $33 million in cash and stock from a retention package unless the board gives him a payout to ease his exit. Citigroup formulated a plan last year that, based on the firm’s performance so far, would have given Pandit $19 million through a profit-sharing agreement, deferred stock now valued at $9 million and $4.6 million in options, according to the terms of a May 2011 regulatory filing and data compiled by Bloomberg. The plan required Pandit, 55, to be employed at the bank through various payment dates, most of which haven’t been reached. It’s typical for CEOs who resign to forfeit previously negotiated severance and to work out an alternative payout agreement with the board, said Steven Hall, managing director of Steven Hall & Partners, a New York-based executive compensation consulting firm. Pandit getting nothing would signal that “he stood up and said, ‘I’m resigning,’” Hall said. If he gets a payout, “then the question is, did they give him that in order to smooth the path to his resignation or termination? Or did they look at him and say, ‘You know what, you did a hell of a good job during a very, very rough time, we’d like to do something nice for you,’” Hall said. Pandit Could Forgo $33 Million as Exit Voids Retention Plan [Bloomberg]