New ChoicePoint hire to get $500,000 salary

April 08, 2005|By COX NEWS SERVICE

ATLANTA - Carol DiBattiste, hired by ChoicePoint Inc. to head a new office designed to guard against a repeat of the recent invasion into its consumer information database, will get a $500,000 yearly salary.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said yesterday that DiBattiste will get a weekly salary of $9,615.38, and a bonus of not less than $350,000 this year. She will get an additional $100,000 bonus if she stays with the company until April 25, 2006.

At the time of DiBattiste's hiring, John Hamre, chairman of ChoicePoint's privacy committee, said the new position was designed to "regain the trust of consumers that their information is being used only for their benefit, or the benefit of society at large."

DiBattiste was deputy administrator at the Transportation Security Administration before accepting the new job.

The company created the job last month after it became public that ChoicePoint accounts had been created fraudulently to gain access to the consumer records of 145,000 people nationwide, including 2,750 in Maryland. That resulted in an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and an informal SEC investigation into stock trading by Derek Smith, the company's chief executive, and Doug Curling, its president and chief operating officer.

ChoicePoint, based in Alpharetta, Ga., said at the time that DiBattiste would report directly to the company's board rather than to Smith or Curling.

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