Management Turnover as Change Agent

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Is BofA's Lewis Getting to the end Game?

Ken Lewis, Bank of America’s embattled CEO, continues to oversee more executive management changes. Over the last few days a number of major management changes have been announced. In response to the growing number of top management changes speculation continues to grow that a potential successor is being developed for Lewis’ job. According to a story by David Mildenberg for Bloomberg,

Bank of America Corp., under pressure to overhaul management and reduce risk, set up a five-person competition to replace Kenneth Lewis as chief executive officer.

The bank yesterday shuffled senior management… Liam McGee, who headed consumer banking, left and was replaced by Brian Moynihan in a division that has provided most of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank’s revenue and profit.

Moynihan, 49, who ran wealth management and corporate and investment banking, is the top CEO candidate, according to analysts including Richard Bove of Rochdale Securities. Possible successors include ex-Citigroup Inc. executive Sallie Krawcheck, hired yesterday to head wealth management, home-lending chief Barbara Desoer and Chief Financial Officer Joe Price. Also in the running is Tom Montag, a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. veteran.

The speculation on who may take Lewis’ place is just that — speculation -- but it is very likely he is getting close to the end. Keep a close eye on the top players and what next steps take place.

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