Deutsche Bank appoints John Cryan as new CEO in surprise revamp

John Cryan, the new CEO of Deutsche Bank.

FRANKFURT – Deutsche Bank AG named John Cryan as ceo in a surprise revamp after Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen struggled to win investor backing for a strategy overhaul.

Cryan, the former chief financial officer at UBS Group AG, will run the firm alongside Fitschen after Jain leaves on June 30, the organization said inside a statement on Sunday. The 54-year-old, part of Deutsche Bank\’s supervisory board, will be sole CEO after Fitschen departs next May.

Jain, 52, and Fitschen, 66, were under pressure to persuade investors a strategic plan announced in April would succeed after Germany\’s biggest bank failed to meet previous targets when confronted with mounting legal costs. The very best managers received the cheapest approval from shareholders in at least a decade at last month\’s annual meeting.

\”The supervisory board drew consequences from the voting disaster at the annual general meeting,\” Ingo Speich, a money manager at Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH in Frankfurt, one of Deutsche Bank\’s top 20 investors, wrote within an e-mailed statement. \”The decision for John Cryan isn\’t surprising.\”

It\’s a rapid reversal for Jain, who helped build Deutsche Bank into Europe\’s biggest investment bank along with a leader in debt trading. He and Fitschen, who replaced Josef Ackermann in 2012, struggled to adjust to toughening rules that made some activities less profitable, while handling a barrage of legal issues.

 Martin Leissl/Bloomberg files

The bank was fined US$2.5 billion in April by regulators in the U.S. and also the U.K. for manipulating interest-rate benchmarks. Still it faces potential fines associated with foreign exchange, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and precious metals dealings, and it is under investigation for alleged U.S. sanctions violations, based on the 2014 annual report.

Deutsche Bank can also be conducting an internal probe into possible money laundering by Russian clients that may involve about US$6 billion of transactions over a lot more than four years, individuals with knowledge of the situation said last week.


\”It has been 20 years this month since I came to work at Deutsche Bank and contains been an extraordinary time,\” said Jain, a native of India, in the statement. \”We have boosted capital, reduced exposures and risk and invested significantly in technology, control and compliance capabilities.\”

Over yesteryear month, Jain came to the conclusion that the bank needed a five-year commitment in the CEOs to deliver on the strategic overhaul and therefore decided a change of leadership would be better for the firm, said you aren\’t knowledge of the problem. Fitschen didn\’t want to continue leading the firm and agreed to resign with Jain, said the person, who declined to become identified since the discussions are private.

Jain\’s departure reflects a wider shift at Europe\’s biggest banks away from a reliance on fixed-income trading, which helped fuel profits before the financial crisis and that has come under the most heavy regulation in the ensuing years. CEOs with trading backgrounds at UBS, Barclays Plc and Credit Suisse Group AG have given method to successors with backgrounds in banking or insurance.