Commerzbank names Deutsche Bank’s Manfred Knof new CEO

BERLIN • Commerzbank AG, Ger- many’s second-largest bank which has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Wirecard AG scandal, on Saturday named Manfred Knof from rival lender Deutsche Bank AG 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 SE.

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

“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 16% stake in the bank which it bailed out after the 2008 financial crisis. — AFP