Expedia just named Chelsea Clinton to its board of directors. In a public filing posted Friday, the travel site said it named Clinton -- the daughter of Hillary Clinton -- as a member of its board on Thursday. Expedia (EXPE) said Clinton will be paid "in accordance with the company´s standard compensation policies" for board members. According to an Expedia proxy statement from August, non-employee directors were paid a $45,000 "annual retainer" and awarded $250,000 worth of stock in 2015. Board members who served on various committees were paid an additional $10,000 to $20,000. But Expedia said in a filing
Comments: Can´t these political animals ever get a real "nine to five" job? No wonder they have no clue abut spending, just taking. Purely a resume builder that means nothing to America´s real workforce.
Ironically, my other half and I were talking about boards of directors earlier today.
I am of the opinion that appointments to boards of directors are a means to curry favor from politicians while not running afoul of campaign finance laws. Corporation A can only donate so much to a politician, but stick them on the board, where they may make one meeting a year, and you can compensate them 6 figures. If the politician wishes to avoid the appearance of improprietary, name their spouse or kid to the board.
I´d like to be a fly on the wall when the other qualified directors are discussing her over drinks at the bar. I can see one of them pointing to the mirror behind the bartender and observing that Chelsea couldn´t fog it.
FTA: " Clinton serves on the board of one other corporation: IAC/InterActive Corp (IAC), the company that owns websites including Dictionary.com, About.com, Vimeo, Investopedia and The Daily Beast.
"She also sits on the boards of the Clinton Foundation´s Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center, and Weill Cornell Medical College. She´s also co-chair of the advisory board for New York University´s Of Many Institute."
What expertise could she possibly share while sitting on these boards?
I haven´t used Expedia in a very, very, very, very long time. Now I will NEVER use it and tell family member to find alternatives in which there is a plethora. A low-brow company (Expedia) hires a low-brow idiot.
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