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FirstFT: Credit Suisse to name Ulrich Körner as chief


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Credit Suisse is set to appoint Ulrich Körner as its new chief executive, taking over from Thomas Gottstein, whose departure will bring an end to one of the most tumultuous periods in the Swiss bank’s 166-year history.

The appointment of Körner, who is head of the bank’s asset management division, will be announced this morning when Credit Suisse reports second-quarter results, according to four people with knowledge of the plans.

Christian Meissner, head of the lender’s investment bank, is also planning to leave, having joined over a year ago. But his exit will not be announced today, said people with knowledge of the matter.

Körner rejoined Credit Suisse in March last year, having previously worked at UBS, where he ran the asset management business.

Gottstein’s tenure was blighted by twin crises last year, the collapses of specialist finance firm Greensill Capital and family office Archegos. It was also punctured by a string of historical scandals that caused the bank’s share price to hit a three-decade low this month.

Gottstein became chief executive in February 2020 after an embarrassing corporate espionage scandal caused the abrupt departure of his predecessor, Tidjane Thiam.

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