New AIG Chief Plans to Carve Leaner Corporation

Liddy will sell some assets to pay Feds

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 19, 2008 2:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – The new CEO of beleaguered giant American Insurance Group plans to trim the company, selling some assets to raise capital and pay back the government following its $85 billion bailout, reports the Wall Street Journal. "There will be a company at the end of this," vowed Edward Liddy, 62, former chief executive of Allstate.

 "It'll be smaller. It'll be a lot nimbler," he added. "My game plan is not to liquidate. I want to emerge from this with a set of core assets that are fit to fight." AIG's insurance businesses are still "powerful," and Liddy plans to "keep as many of them as I possibly can," he said. AIG's international and domestic property-casualty operation is a "keeper," along with international and domestic life insurance businesses, he added.

Former Allstate CEO Edward Liddy is talking about his plans for AIG.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)
People walk in front of AIG offices Wednesday. AIG's new CEO Edward Liddy has been discussing his plans for the beleaguered company.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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There will be a company at the end of this. It'll be smaller. It will be a lot nimbler. My game plan is not to liquidate. - New AIG CEO Edward Liddy.

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