CNBC EXCLUSIVE: CNBC TRANSCRIPT: CNBC'S MARY THOMPSON TALKS WITH AIG PRESIDENT AND CEO, ROBERT BENMOSCHE, TODAY ON CNBC'S "FAST MONEY"

WHEN: TODAY, MONDAY, JANUARY 24TH AT 5PM ET

WHERE: CNBC'S "FAST MONEY"

Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC EXCLUSIVE interview with CNBC's Mary Thompson and AIG President and CEO Robert Benmosche on his health and AIG's future, today on CNBC's "Fast Money." All references must be sourced to CNBC.

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MELISSA LEE: I GOT TO BREAK IN. WE HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS. I WANT TO GO STRAIGHT TO MARY THOMPSON WHO JOINS US NOW FROM AIG HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK WITH THE FIRST INTERVIEW WITH AIG'S ROBERT BENMOSCHE AFTER HIS PROGNOSIS. MARY.

MARY THOMPSON: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MELISSA. YES, MR. BENMOSCHE SPEAKING EXCLUSIVELY TO CNBC AFTER RECEIVING VERY POSITIVE NEWS FROM HIS DOCTORS TODAY ABOUT HIS CANCER. OF COURSE, ANNOUNCING THAT HE HAD CANCER BACK IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR. FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

ROBERT BENMOSCHE: MY PLEASURE.

THOMPSON: TELL US WHAT THE DOCTORS TOLD YOU.

BENMOSCHE: WELL, THE DOCTORS BASICALLY SAID THAT THE CHEMO PILL THAT I'VE BEEN GIVEN THAT'S GEARED SPECIFICALLY FOR THE MUTANT CANCER GENE I HAVE HAS WORKED EXCEPTIONALLY WELL. ALMOST AN ATYPICAL RESPONSE IT IS SO POSITIVE. AND SO THEY CLEARLY SEE ME STAYING AS HEALTHY AS I AM NOW FOR THE NEXT 12 TO 18 MONTHS. THEY CAN'T TELL YOU MUCH BEYOND THAT, BUT THEY KNOW FOR NOW I LOOK PRETTY GOOD.

THOMPSON: FOR AIG SHAREHOLDERS, THAT MEANS YOU'LL REMAIN AS CEO FOR THE NEXT 12 TO 18 MONTHS AS YOU ORIGINALLY SAID YOU HOPED TO DO WHEN YOU FIRST RECEIVED YOUR DIASNOSIS.

BENMOSCHE: WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE MY PLAN AND THE BOARD WILL TAKE A LOOK AT IT OVER TIME, DECIDE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO AND HOW IT'S GOING.

THOMPSON: IS THERE ANY CHANGE TO SUCCESSION PLANNING IN LIGHT OF THE NEWS THAT YOU RECEIVED FROM YOUR DOCTORS?

BENMOSCHE: NO, THE PLAN IS THE PLAN. LOOK, I COULD BE RUN OVER BY A TRUCK TOMORROW. I HOPE NOT. OTHER THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO US. THEY HAVE DONE AN INTERNAL SCAN. WE'VE LOOKED AT THE INTERNAL CANDIDATES.THEY ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR CRITERIA.THEY HAVE A VERY WELL-DEFINED CRITERIA.THEY'VE LOOKED AT PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE THAT HAVE THAT CRITERIA. SO THEY'RE PREPARED IF SOMETHING HAPPENS.

THOMPSON: DO THEY HAVE A LIST OF FIVE OR SO CANDIDATES, AND DO YOU HAVE ANY PEOPLE THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE SUCCEED YOU?

BENMOSCHE: I'D LIKE TO SEE THE BEST PERSON SUCCEED ME.

THOMPSON: OKAY. THE NEXT BIG THING FOR AIG IS THE ROAD SHOW WHICH IS EXPECTED TO HAPPEN IN MARCH, CORRECT?

BENMOSCHE: WELL, WE'RE NOT SURE WHEN. WE KNOW WE HAVE TO SELL OFF THE TREASURY SHARES AND WE WANT TO RAISE SOME PRIMARY CAPITAL FOR THE COMPANY. WE'RE GOING TO JUST WORK ON A PLAN, GET ORGANIZED. AND WHEN WE'RE READY AND THE MARKETS ARE READY AND EVERYBODY FEELS COMFORTABLE, THEN WE'LL BE ABLE TO GO PUBLIC WITH OUR SHARES AS WELL AS SELL OFF THE TREASURY SHARES.

THOMPSON: WILL YOU BE PARTICIPATING IN THE ROAD SHOW?

BENMOSCHE: I WOULD THINK SO. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE GET OUT THERE AND TELL THE AIG STORY, MAKE SURE THEY'RE COMFORTABLE WHAT IM THERE FOR AND GET TO BE VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THE MANAGEMENT TEAM THAT THIS ISN'T ABOUT ME. IT'S ABOUT THE WHOLE COMPANY. WE HAVE A GREAT COMPANY HERE. AND ONE OF THE GREAT LEGACIES THAT HANK LEFT BEHIND, AS WE TALK ABOUT GREENBERG AND A LOT OF CONTROVERSY, HE LEFT BEHIND A STRONG COMPANY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TALENTED AND HAVE CAPABILITY.MOST OF THE PEOPLE AS I SHARED ON MARIA'S SHOW LAST WEEK, THEY'RE STILL HERE. WE HAVE A GREAT CORE GROUP OF PEOPLE.I HAVE TO MAKE SURE I SHOWCASE NOT ONLY ME BUT THE WHOLE COMPANY.

THOMPSON: IS THAT YOUR WHOLE SALES PITCH OR IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE YOUD BE TELLING INVESTORS WHEN YOU GO OUT?

BENMOSCHE: WE'LL TAKE THEM THROUGH EACH OF OUR BUSINESSES, HOW WE'RE GOING TO DRIVE OUR ROE'S, HOW WE'RE GOING TO DRIVE OUR EARNINGS PERFORMANCE AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MODERNIZE THE COMPANY AND BE STATE OF THE ART AND HAVE REALLY COST-EFFECTIVE BUSINESSES AS WELL.

THOMPSON: HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DRIVE THE EARNINGS PERFORMANCE? BECAUSE, OF COURSE, THAT'S EVERYONE'S, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A TOP OF MIND, EVERYONE LOOKING AT AIG RIGHT NOW. YOU'VE PARED DOWN THE BUSINESS SIGNIFICANTLY. STILL A HUGE GLOBAL PLAYER IN THE PNC BUSINESS. BUT HOW DO YOU PLAN TO DRIVE EARNINGS GOING FORWARD?

BENMOSCHE: FIRST OF ALL, WE'VE GOT TO GET THE RECAP DONE. SECONDLY, WE HAVE TO HAVE CLARITY THAT AIG WILL CONTINUE TO BE A STRONG COMPANY. THEN WHAT WE'VE GOT TO DO IS TAKE A LOOK AT OUR BASE, OUR PRODUCTS AND CAPABILITIES AND WE'VE GOT TO DO A BETTER JOB OF PROMOTING OURSELVES. WE HAVE THE BEST PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY.WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST THINKERS IN THE INDUSTRY. AND PART OF IT IS JUST DOING WHAT WE DO WELL AND NOT HAVING TO DRAG OF UNCERTAINTY AND SO IT'S JUST DOING WHAT WE ALREADY DO, DO MORE OF IT AND DO IT WELL.

THOMPSON: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PROGNOSIS. WE WISH YOU THE BEST.

BENMOSCHE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THOMPSON: WE'VE BEEN SPEAKING WITH BOB BENMOSCHE CEO OF AIG. MELISSA, BACK TO YOU.

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