The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Augsburg Fortress, Aamodt sue each other

CEO received $548,576 more than authorized, board suit claims

A smoldering compensation dispute between the ELCA publishing house and its former CEO erupted July 30 when the two parties filed charges and countercharges in a Minneapolis court.

Gary J.N. Aamodt, who resigned under pressure as president and chief executive officer of Augsburg Fortress, Publishers, in April 1995, accused the publishing house board and its chair from 1993 to 1995, David L. Tiede, of breach of contract, fraud and defamation over the terms of his employment in 1992 and his dismissal.

The publishing house, filing a counterclaim in Hennepin County District Court, charged that Aamodt improperly spent more than $500,000 in Augsburg funds to buy an annuity and life insurance and to pay for personal tax liabilities resulting from those purchases and from a leased Mercedes Benz.

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