Cracker Barrel reviewing Biglari claims on chairman experience

Oct 8 (Reuters) - A Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc

spokesman said the company is reviewing a letter sentby its largest shareholder, Biglari Holdings Inc , thatquestioned its incoming chairman's professional experience.

In a letter to the casual dining chain's board, BiglariHoldings' chief executive, Sardar Biglari, said the company hadpublicly stated on several occasions that its the new chairmanJames Bradford had been the CEO of a New York StockExchange-listed company, AFG Industries, from 1992 to 1999.

However, a public search revealed that AFG was taken privatefour years before Bradford was appointed CEO of the glass maker,Biglari said in the letter released on Monday.

Bradford is slated to take over when current chairmanMichael Woodhouse steps down in November.

"If Bradford has embellished his professional record, webelieve this undermines his credibility. Therefore, the boardmust determine whether (he) should continue in his presentcapacity," Biglari said.

The activist investor, who controls more than 17 percent ofCracker Barrel, has been engaged in a proxy battle with thecompany since last September and is trying to install himselfand an associate on its board.

Shares of Cracker Barrel closed at $67.47 on the Nasdaq onMonday.

(Reporting by Juhi Arora and Aditi Shrivastava; Editing bySupriya Kurane)

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