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By Peter Rudegeair and Avik Das
April 1 Wells Fargo & Co on Tuesday
named a new chief financial officer and wholesale banking
leader, in a shake-up of its top ranks.
Dave Hoyt, Wells Fargo's current head of wholesale banking,
will leave the bank at the end of June after a 32-year career.
He will be succeeded by Chief Financial Officer Tim Sloan.
The bank's wholesale banking group provides lending and
services such as treasury management and insurance to businesses
with annual sales in excess of $20 million.
Taking over Sloan's role will be John Shrewsberry, the head
of Wells Fargo Securities, a division within wholesale banking
that includes the bank's capital markets, sales and trading, and
investment banking businesses.
"Today's appointments represent a natural evolution of
executive responsibilities at our company," said Chief Executive
John Stumpf in a news release. "They also demonstrate the deep
bench of high-caliber leaders at Wells Fargo and the value of
rotating them into different roles to effect seamless leadership
The bank declined to make Hoyt, Sloan or Shrewsberry
available for interviews.
Hoyt, 58, managed the wholesale banking group for 16 years
and oversaw much of the 2008 integration following Wells Fargo's
acquisition of Wachovia.
Certain executives, including members of the bank's
operating committee like Hoyt, have a mandatory retirement age
Hoyt said in the release that he was retiring "confident...
our wholesale banking customers are in excellent hands." He will
leave the bank excited about pursuing hobbies and having more
time to spend with his family, a spokeswoman said.
In their new positions Shrewsberry, 48, and Sloan, 53, will
report to Stumpf and serve on the bank's operating committee.
For Sloan, the transition marks a return to his roots at the
company. He spent 22 of his 26 years at Wells Fargo in the
wholesale banking group, including stints as head of commercial
banking and commercial real estate.
Shrewsberry's appointment to the CFO post was more
unexpected, Sandler O'Neill bank analyst R. Scott Siefers wrote
in a Tuesday research note, though he added he was "highly
confident will be able to slide into the role
quite easily" given the company's previous success transitioning
Wells Fargo reported a record annual profit of $21.9 billion
in 2013. Wholesale banking brought in $24.1 billion in revenues
last year, around 29 percent of the company total, and accounted
for $8.1 billion in profits, around 37 percent of the total.
The bank does not separately break out the performance
figures for Wells Fargo Securities. Additionally, it has yet to
appoint a successor to Shrewsberry at Wells Fargo Securities.
Shares in the fourth-largest U.S. bank have risen 9.56
percent since the start of 2014, more than double the 4.37
percent increase in the KBW index of bank stocks over the same
(Reporting by Peter Rudegeair in New York and Avik Das in
Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila, Steve Orlofsky and Eric