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Commerzbank names Deutsche Bank’s Manfred Knof as new CEO

Agence France-Presse
Manfred Knof's appointment at Commerzbank is a bid to end turmoil

Commerzbank, Germany’s second largest bank which has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Wirecard scandal, on Saturday, September 26, named Manfred Knof from rival lender Deutsche Bank as its new chairman.

The appointment is a bid to end turmoil after Martin Zielke resigned at the start of July, following sustained criticism by shareholders of his performance and the bank’s losses.

Knof, 55, was Deutsche Bank’s German retail head but spent a large part of his career in the insurance business, working for German giant Allianz.

Knof’s appointment is subject to the approval of supervisory authorities.

“Manfred Knof is an experienced and highly effective top manager who has proven himself in a wide range of tasks in the financial services industry,” Hans-Joerg Vetter, chairman of the supervisory board of Commerzbank, said.

“He brings the necessary expertise and human leadership skills for the tasks that lie ahead of the bank.”

The German government holds a 16% stake in the bank which it bailed out after the 2008 financial crisis.

Commerzbank notched up a 175-million-euro loss over the “single case,” which according to the Financial Times were loans made to payments provider Wirecard, which collapsed in June in what Germany’s finance minister had described as an unparalleled scandal.

Wirecard filed for insolvency  in June after admitting that 1.9 billion euros ($2.2 billion) missing from its accounts did not exist. –

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