Jake DeSantis is a principal with Nyala Capital LLC in New York. He is also a physics teacher at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
He was an executive vice president in troubled insurer AIG's financial products unit. He rendered his resignation letter on March 24, 2009 in The New York Times.He had worked in the commodities area of AIG since 1998.
DeSantis' letter read, in part: "I am proud of everything I have done for the commodity and equity divisions of A.I.G.-F.P. I was in no way involved in — or responsible for — the credit default swap transaction that have hamstrung A.I.G. Nor were more than a handful of the 400 current employees of A.I.G.-F.P. Most of those responsible have left the company and have conspicuously escaped the public outrage.
After 12 months of hard work dismantling the company — during which A.I.G. reassured us many times we would be rewarded in March 2009 — we in the financial products unit have been betrayed by A.I.G. and are being unfairly persecuted by elected officials. In response to this, I will now leave the company and donate my entire post-tax retention payment to those suffering from the global economic downturn. My intent is to keep none of the money myself."
DeSantis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a S.M. in Materials Science from 1987 — 1992.
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