Credit score Suisse more likely to shake up its senior control crew: File

Loss-making Credit Suisse could shake up senior management as new Chairman Axel Lehmann seeks to put the embattled Swiss bank back on stable ground, Swiss Sunday newspaper NZZ am Sonntag reported. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said Chief Legal Officer Romeo Cerutti, finance chief David Mathers, and Asia-Pacific regional boss Helman Sitohang were set to step down. These three were the longest-serving members of the bank’s 12-member executive board. Asked about the report, a spokesperson said the bank had been implementing a new strategy and organizational structure announced last November that sharpened its focus on wealth management and scaled back investment banking.

“As part of this work, senior management under the leadership of the group CEO together with the board of directors is regularly discussing succession plans and is reviewing senior appointments for certain positions, including for certain legal entities, regions and the executive board,” she added.

The bank said last week it expected to report a first-quarter loss after increasing legal provisions, seeing business activity slow and taking a hit from the fallout of Russia’s invasion. That stepped up pressure on Chief Executive Thomas Gottstein, who had told a financial conference in March that business had been relatively solid in the first two months of the year. The bank is still reeling from losses in 2021, which prompted a top management shake-up.

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