Bank reinstates Ermotti as CEO amid merger

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The prominent financial institution recently announced the reinstatement of CEO Ermotti, succeeding Ralph Hamers, in their latest executive reshuffle. This move comes as part of the bank’s integration initiatives with Credit Suisse.

Ermotti, a seasoned executive, comes back to the forefront after previous successes with the company, including key transformations. The bank expects his extensive experience will lead this merger effectively, anticipating improved operations, enhanced customer service, and a bolstered presence in the financial market.

In 2023, the executive board was rewarded with a lucrative 140.3 million Swiss francs package, a leap from the previous year’s 106.9 million francs. Ermotti, playing a crucial role in the merger, made 14.4 million Swiss francs that year.

The following year, the board’s package increased even further to an impressive 180 million francs, showing a significant increase from 2023. In recognition of his contributions and strategic leadership, Ermotti received an adjusted compensation of 16.7 million Swiss francs, a rise from his previous year’s earnings.

Ermotti initially led the bank from 2011 to 2020. During his tenure, he steered the bank through numerous financial storms even as he strengthened its position and performance.

Ermotti’s return: Merging banks, boosting share value

His departure left a leadership gap that his return now promises to fill.

Hamers, Ermotti’s successor, took home 12.6 million Swiss francs during his last fiscal year as CEO. His remuneration was in line with high-ranking executive pay structures, a mix of base and variable pay.

In keeping with austerity measures, the bank cut back its bonus pool for employees to $4.5 billion, showing a 14% decrease from the previous 2022 payout. However, the majority of bonuses were still given out in cash rewards.

Despite integration efforts causing a dip in net profit, the bank managed to hike up its share value by over 52% since Ermotti’s return in April 2023. These figures reveal the bank’s resilience and potential even as it navigates its consolidation with Credit Suisse.