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Wells Fargo appoints CFO as part of leadership shakeup

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Wells Fargo & Co said on Tuesday Mike Santomassimo would replace John Shrewsberry as chief financial officer when he retires in the fall after more than two decades at the firm.

[BENGALURU] Wells Fargo & Co said on Tuesday Mike Santomassimo would replace John Shrewsberry as chief financial officer when he retires in the fall after more than two decades at the firm.

Since taking over as chief executive in October, Charles Scharf has shaken up leadership at the bank and installed a slew of former colleagues and confidants in top positions.

Mr Santomassimo most recently served as Scharf's CFO at Bank of New York Mellon and previously led the finance teams for various business lines at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mr Shrewsberry, who told Mr Scharf he was considering retirement when he joined the company, will stay on to ensure a smooth transition, the company said.

Mr Shrewsberry was named CFO in 2014 after running Wells Fargo Securities and Wells Fargo's commercial capital division.

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When Mr Santomassimo joins the company in the fall, the top three executives will be based in New York, away from the bank's official San Francisco headquarters.

Mr Santomassimo will receive an annual base salary of US$1.75 million and a minimum variable compensation of US$9.25 million for the performance year 2020, the bank said in a filing.

The change at Wells Fargo comes as it gears up to launch a broad cost-cutting initiative this year and continues to work through expensive regulatory and operational problems tied to a long-running sales scandal.

On an earnings call last week, Mr Scharf slammed prior management for failing to run the bank in an efficient and compliant manner, saying the firm's underperformance was "because leadership didn't make the difficult decisions necessary."

However, he struck a different tone on Tuesday talking about outgoing Shrewsberry, a 22-year Wells Fargo veteran.

"Throughout his tenure, John has served as an excellent financial and strategic leader for our company," Mr Scharf said. "He is well-respected throughout the company and the financial community."

REUTERS

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