General Electric and Tyco in Sleaze Scandals
United States sleaze scandals deepened on two fronts yesterday.
Jack Welch, the former chief executive of General Electric, said yesterday he had given up free use of corporate jets, a sprawling New York apartment and other generous retirement benefits after facing criticism since they were revealed in his divorce.
And Tyco International shares were hit on claims the company is planning to make a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission by disclosing that millions of dollars of previously undisclosed loans were made to dozens of employees with payments subsequently waived on the instructions of ex-chief executive Dennis Kozlowski.
Mr Welch's decision, which pundits believe could halt lavish executive retirement packages funded by shareholders, came as the US markets' top regulator said it was investigating the highpowered executive's employment and retirement contracts.
Mr Welch, who retired from GE a year ago after 21 years as chairman, said he expected to pay GE around pounds 1.5 million a year for such services as use of company aircraft and the company apartment. He also said he would provide no-cost consulting services to GE on an as-needed basis.
He said he had asked the GE board to modify his postemployment contract 'by eliminating …
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Publication information: Article title: General Electric and Tyco in Sleaze Scandals. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Birmingham Post (England). Publication date: September 17, 2002. Page number: 20. © 2009 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.