Abercrombie & Fitch Board Reckless Compensation. CEO’s Looking for Increase Pay Hire These Guys $ANF

Abercromie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) seem  do over pay their CEO. Governance experts from GMIratings have noticed that “CEO and Chairman Michael S. Jeffries’ pay is so out of balance with the next four listed NEOs that it’s easy to imagine him being fed peeled grapes by young models in their underwear.”

Not be grudging the peeled grapes and young models in underwear. (I;m very reasonable with perks) the pay is astronomical in relation to other executives who surely must be valuable. So lets take a look at the board of directors who feels compelled to pay a 67-year-old to lead a fashion retailer with a fickle market.

James B Bachman 70 This youngster was previously employed by Ernst & Young and now sits on a number of hospital and community organization boards. What does a 70-year-old accountant know about Fashion. But he does sit on the compensation and governance committees. so he has his finger prints on the pay cheque.

Elizabeth M Lee 68 is a career pedagogue. You might say she knows the youth market. But really how many kids want to dress the way the principal wants them to dress.

Lauren J. Brisky 61 has a background in finance and admin for Vanderbilt University. So she should understand the value of a buck and perhaps has insights into the youth market. She too sits on compensation and governance committees.

John Kessler 77 sits on compensation board and has a background in various Ohio ventures such as airports and a real estate development company. You guessed it sits on compensation committee.

Kevin Huvane 53 partner and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency. He toils in LA  representing many of the world’s leading actors, writers and directors in film, theatre and television. He sits on ANF compensation committee and probably has a perspective of big money deals for spoilt entertainers.

Craig Stapleton 67  has the coolest resume. Real Estate and being ambassador to the Czech Republic and then to France. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the George W. Bush Library and Foundation and was a  co-owner of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team since July 2009 and was a co-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1989 until 1998. Which leads me to ask when was George W Bush trying to run that ball club. At ANF he sits on compensation as well as governance committees.

Archie M. Griffin 57 has held a lot of big cheese positions at Ohio State and Alumni Associations. Not sure what this has to do with the hyper competitive world of fashion but there you have it. Yup on compensation board as well.

Michael E. Greenlees 65 sitting on the compensation board has a background in marketing, advertising and other forms of media manipulation.

The board has a big Ohio bias which may ultimately explain why they do not want stars from Jersey Shore to wear their stuff. Republicans from Ohio do not mix well with aimless youths from New Jersey who if as and when they would vote would not be republican.

The board stinks and will roll over for Michael Jeffries whenever he wants. Right now he is cashing big pay cheques. When the iceberg hits these guys will not be on the bridge.

George Gutowski writes from a caveat emptor perspective. Follow him on twitter@financialskepti or maybe follow his evil twin who is writing a Wall Street Murder Thriller at twitter@georgegutowski

Abercrombie & Fitch brand blackmail – mgmt has no inner faith $ANF #jerseyshores #branding

Abercrombie and fitch Paris summer 2011 advert...

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Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) is paying the Jersey Shore cast to not wear their clothes because it damages the brand. Sure it’s damaging the brand. New Jersey does not want Jersey Shores to continue either but they cannot figure out a way to run them out-of-town.

Here is the problem. Every badass now sees a blackmail opportunity. Hello Victoria Secrets (NYSE:LTD) some fat chick is wearing your stuff and it looks wrong. Please pay big bucks now. Heidi Klum please do something drastic.

The true inner meaning is that the management of Abercrombie and Fitch does not have faith in their own brand.

So who gets the money. The actors for not wearing the brand off-screen or the show producers for managing the wardrobe. I cannot wait for lawyers to get into this one. Freedom of expression and the right to pursue …. something or other.

Bad branding mistake. Abercrombie freaked and lost focus. Bad very bad. Like lose your job bad. Did this go to the board of directors?

Disclosure: George Gutowski writes from a caveat emptor perspective. I do not hold positions in stocks mentioned in this post. I have no plans to initiate new positions within the next 72 hours. I only watched a few scenes of Jersey Shore and because I wanted to stop the nausea I turned to another channel. I do use a little bronzer in my sun screen.