One lesson of his experience at Merrill Lynch will stick with him. Thain’s departure coincided with revelations that he’d spent $1.2 million to redecorate his office at the money-losing company when he joined in 2007. He later said the renovation was a mistake and reimbursed the firm.
At CIT, “I think I’ll keep my office exactly the way it is,” he said.
Has John Thain really tightened up his spending?
You mean the $87,000 area rugs, the $35,000 commode, the two guest chairs for $87,000, the curtains for $28,000 and the days of the $11,000 lamp shade are now over?
Did Thain get religion?
Because he spent money on furniture like Imelda Marcus spent it on shoes.
Or maybe John Thain found out that going to the taxpayer gloryhole wasn't as pleasant when the spotlight was on him!