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Icahn’s New Strategy for Unlocking Value in Forest Labs

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 5:58 PM ET

Victory - that's what activist investor Carl Icahn is claiming in his battle against Forest Labs after he won a seat on the drug maker’s board.

Icahn nominee Pierre Legault, a former executive at several big drugmakers, will join the company as one of 10 directors.

As the second largest shareholder, Icahn has been locked in a bitter proxy fight with the drug maker, criticizing the board for being ill-prepared to generate new growth as generic competition curtails revenue from two of its biggest-selling treatments - Lexapro for depression and Namenda for Alzheimer's disease.

Icahn: Forest Labs CEO Congratulated Me
Carl Icahn, Icahn Enterprises, explains his battle against Forest Labs, and briefly remarks on his one-year deal about to expire with Navistar.

But this victory may be bitter sweet.

Icahn had nominated 4 directors, but he only won the single seat.

Icahn had also sought seats for Daniel Ninivaggi, president of Icahn Enterprises, Eric Ende, a former analyst at Merrill Lynch, and Andrew Fromkin, former chief executive of Clinical Data.

And Forest noted they had already offered Icahn a director's seat during a previous proxy fight last year.

But on CNBC’s Fast Money Icahn insisted that he couldn’t be happier with the outcome. And he revealed his new strategy for unlocking shareholder value.

“Minority shareholders can do a great deal,” insisted Icahn.

“Pierre (Legault) is a knowledgeable guy and he can be very effective at helping them cut costs,” Icahn tells us. “There’s hope for the company. Basically I think the company has great potential.”

Icahn also said he believes his attempts to make the company more profitable doesn't have to be confrontational. "There's peace and then there's war. We don't need war"

Icahn believes his objectives can be accomplished amicably. "In fact, I can tell you CEO Howard Solomon and I plan to have dinner.”

Posted by CNBC's Lee Brodie

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