We've been saying for a while that John Thain is the ideal candidate to take over Bank of America, as a) he's unemployed and b) he could use his power to equip every men's room with the line of urinal cakes bearing Ken Lewis's mug he's been working on in his spare time. Yesterday at the Reuters Global Finance Summit, JT finally got on board. He didn't specifically name-check the bank no one wants to run but obviously the admission that he's looking for a job in private equity "or perhaps a public company" was wink-wink for the board to get in touch, as was the "call me" gesture. (Thain further hinted that BAC is at the top of his "dream gigs" list by elaborating for any headhunters in the audience that he's looking for a "challenge." Read between the lines Lewis and tell JT how his ass taste.) After making sure everyone in the audience had a copy of his resume, Thain moved on to address another issue that's been weighing on him for a while now, which is the hideous suggestion by the Times that at one point during his time at Merrill "he halted a meeting with his chief financial officer and hurled a chair against the wall, shattering a nearby glass panel."
"That was 100 percent made up," he said. "Do I seem like a guy who throws chairs?" asked Thain. "That conference room doesn't even have a glass wall," he added.
Plus, HELLO? Who here doesn't know by now that an enraged Thain slips into a onesie and horrifies onlookers by shadow wrestling on the mat, not by throwing furniture.