The Wine Boy Sobers Up A Bit

Maybe it was a result of too much of his Croatian wine or an attempt to ingratiate himself with his new employees working 4500 miles away but whatever it was, Bobby BoucherBenmosche now regrets his pre-fight smack talk aimed at Andrew Cuomo.

AIG put out a statement saying Mr. Benmosche "regrets his comments regarding Mr. Cuomo and the tone of those comments." The statement added that Mr. Benmosche "now recognizes" that Mr. Cuomo "resisted public pressure to disclose the names of AIG employees during the controversy."

As BB continues to write the book on how to make a company's already bad public image even worse, those not working at AIG's Croatian headquarters have taken on second jobs answering for his actions.

Harvey Golub, AIG's chairman, said Monday night that Mr. Benmosche had made his "off the cuff comments very early in his involvement" at AIG. Nevertheless, Mr. Golub added in an interview, the criticisms weren't done "in a thoughtful way."...Mr. Golub continued: "I don't know why he said what he did."

Maybe when he takes a vacation from his vacation and visits the New York office Golub will get his answer- assuming Andrew Cuomo hasn't found him first.


Bob Diamond Lieutenant Jerry Del Missier Ended Up Faring A Bit Better In The Parting Gifts Department Than The Boss

The bad news is that former Barclays chief operating officer Jerry del Missier is still out of a job and it may be some time before he gets a new one, on account of "investigations conducted by American and British authorities [demonstrating] he was a central figure" in the scandal du jour and "asked other bank officials to lower the firm’s submissions to Libor." The good news is that Jer is still (probably) getting paid, unlike some people he knows. Barclays was mired in fresh controversy on Wednesday night after handing almost £9m to a top banker who left following the Libor scandal and after one of its highest profile non-executive directors suddenly quit, taking the toll at the top to four. Jerry del Missier, who resigned after telling subordinates to reduce the bank's Libor submission during the October 2008 banking crisis, was reported to have been handed £8.75m cash as part of his leaving package. Shadow Treasury minister Chris Leslie called on del Missier to follow Diamond and waive the bulk of his payoff. "Having resigned from Barclays over the Libor fixing scandal, people will find the scale of this award completely inappropriate. Bob Diamond rightly waived most of his pay off and Mr del Missier ought to do the same," Leslie said. £9m leaving deal for Barclays deputy Jerry del Missier [Guardian] Former Top Barclays Official in Line for $13.6 Million Payout [Dealbook]