Monday, October 22, 2007

Countrywide asked to oust Mozilo

A pension fund advisory group called CtW Investment Group, has sent a letter to the board of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, asking for Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo’s resignation. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Mozilo should be replaced with two independent directors, and changes should be made to Countrywide’s executive compensation committee. While the criticism seems reasonable, they seem to be waking up to the facts a little too late. Mozilo’s stock sales caught media attention more than half a year ago and have been discussed in the blogosphere ever since but hey, better late than never.

In other news, the $350 million penalty Fannie Mae paid after accounting errors were exposed is now being distributed to investors who were harmed as a result of the fraud. Glad to know that.

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