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UBS picks former Morgan Stanley president Kelleher as chairman

Colm Kelleher.

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UBS named former Morgan Stanley President Colm Kelleher on Saturday as its shock choose to succeed Axel Weber as chairman of the world’s largest wealth supervisor when his mandate ends in April.

Kelleher, an Irishman from County Cork, retired from his put up at Morgan Stanley in 2019 after three many years on the U.S. funding financial institution, together with as finance director in the course of the international monetary disaster, however stayed on as a particular adviser.

UBS has been eager to rent a md with funding banking expertise to work intently with former ING boss Ralph Hamers, who grew to become chief govt of Switzerland’s largest financial institution final yr and pledged to enhance its digital companies after a profession targeted totally on retail banking.

“UBS is happy to suggest a Board member and future Chairman who has a deep understanding of the worldwide banking panorama,” Weber mentioned in an announcement. “His greater than 30 years of management expertise in banking and glorious relationships world wide make Colm a really perfect match for UBS.”

The financial institution had been aiming to choose a brand new chairman by the top of the yr and shareholders should now approve the appointment of Kelleher at their annual assembly on April 6.

Through the monetary disaster, Kelleher drastically shrank Morgan Stanley’s steadiness sheet and transformed it to a standard financial institution holding firm so it might entry funding from the U.S. Federal Reserve in addition to negotiating a $9 billion funding from Japanese financial institution Mitsubishi UFJ Monetary Group.

UBS additionally mentioned it could nominate Lukas Gaehwiler for election to its board as vice chairman.

Outsiders in

The choices of Kelleher and Gaehwiler come as a number of of Europe’s largest banks choose outsiders from different international locations to take the helm.

Cross-town rival Credit score Suisse introduced in Lloyds Financial institution’s former Portuguese boss Antonio Horta-Osorio as chairman this yr to guide it by an overhaul after a string of scandals which have value it billions of {dollars}.

Deutsche Financial institution, in the meantime, mentioned on Friday that it could nominate Dutch businessman Alexander Wynaendts as the subsequent chairman of its supervisory board following a turbulent decade for Germany’s largest lender.

The nominations have been shock steps for some banks whose identification and management have been intently related to their house international locations. UBS, nevertheless, made such a transfer in 2012 with the number of Weber, who’s from Germany and beforehand served as president of the nation’s central financial institution.

Three sources informed Reuters this week that UBS’s board had included former UniCredit Chief Government Jean-Pierre Mustier in a shortlist of doable candidates.

A supply near Mustier, nevertheless, mentioned the 60-year-old Frenchman had no fast plans to depart the Pegasus Europe particular objective acquisition automobile he arrange and invested in after leaving UniCredit a yr in the past.

If confirmed, Kelleher will take the reins of a Swiss financial institution with wholesome accounts.

In October, UBS posted its highest quarterly revenue over the previous 11 years, with buying and selling by the world’s ultra-rich fuelling a 23% rise in payment earnings.

With Gaehwiler’s addition to the board, UBS may also be restoring its second-highest non-executive function to a Swiss nationwide, succeeding Jeremy Anderson who will stay on the board as an impartial director.

Gaehwiler, presently chairman of the financial institution’s Swiss entity – UBS Switzerland AG – could be tasked with representing UBS within the nation’s most essential associations, monetary trade organizations and in political interplay, the financial institution mentioned

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