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Cracker Barrel admits to gaffe on new chairman's experience

Oct 9 (Reuters) - Casual dining chain Cracker Barrel OldCountry Store Inc agreed that it misrepresentedincoming chairman James Bradford's experience, a day after itslargest shareholder raised doubts over his background as a chiefexecutive.

Cracker Barrel on Tuesday clarified that Bradford was thegeneral counsel of AFG Industries when it was listed on the NewYork Stock Exchange. He became the CEO only after the companywas taken private.

Cracker Barrel had previously stated Bradford had been theCEO of AFG Industries when it was publicly traded.

Bradford was not responsible for the claim, Cracker Barrelsaid on Tuesday.

He was appointed to the Cracker Barrel board in July 2011and will become chairman next month.

The credentials of top executives are coming under scrutinyafter former Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Scott Thompsonwas forced to step down following a controversy over a fakecomputer science college degree on his biography.

Biglari Holdings Inc , which owns 17.3 percent ofCracker Barrel, on Monday wrote to the company questioningBradford's professional experience.

Sardar Biglari, who controls Biglari Holdings, has beenengaged in a proxy battle with Cracker Barrel since lastSeptember and is trying to install himself and an associate onits board.

(Reporting by Juhi Arora in Bangalore)

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