FRANKFURT Feb 8 Commerzbank's
chairman has fired a shot across the bow of the lender's chief
executive, saying there would be consequences if the bank's
leadership failed to meet its self-imposed goals by 2016 as
Under chief executive Martin Blessing, Germany's
second-biggest lender has embarked on an overhaul to bring it
back to health after it was forced to seek a government bailout
in the financial crisis, giving Berlin a 25 percent stake.
"One thing is clear: if the board misses its targets without
a convincing reason and fails to deliver the performance
expected of it, then the supervisory board must act. That is
just normal procedure," supervisory board chairman Klaus-Peter
Mueller told Wirtschaftswoche in an interview.
"From the supervisory board's point of view, it is decisive
that the board achieve the goals it has set itself by 2016,"
The most important targets were to make its retail banking
business profitable, to secure the bank's position with
corporate clients and to build out its role as an international
niche player in investment banking, Mueller said.
Commerzbank's revamp plan involves the axing of up to 6,000
jobs and a restructuring of around 1,200 branches in Germany,
but months of talks with employee representatives are likely
before the reshaping of the lender can get underway in earnest.
(Reporting by Jonathan Gould; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)