American International Group said Chief Executive Peter Hancock has informed the board that he plans to resign, more than a year after billionaire investor Carl Icahn called for a breakup of the company.
Hancock will remain CEO until a successor has been named, the company said.
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the company’s board was discussing whether to penalize or oust Hancock over a major setback in the insurer’s turnaround plan.
Tensions between Hancock and Icahn began to mount after the CEO rebuffed the activist investor’s proposals. Icahn has also threatened a proxy fight at AIG (AIG).
“We fully support the actions taken today by the board of AIG,” Icahn tweeted on Thursday.
Icahn has argued that a split would help AIG rid itself of the regulatory burden of being a systemically important financial institution, which requires higher capital cushions.
“Without wholehearted shareholder support for my continued leadership, a protracted period of uncertainty could undermine the progress we have made and damage the interests of our policyholders, employees, regulators, debtholders, and shareholders,” Hancock said in a statement.
Hancock was named president and chief executive officer in September 2014.
AIG’s shares rose 2.4 percent in premarket trading.