Last updated: 10:03 / Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Behavior during the quarantine

Axel P. Lehmann Replaces Antonio Horta-Osório as Chairman of Credit Suisse

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  • An investigation by the bank's Board of Directors showed that Horta-Osório violated the COVID-19 quarantine rule, which led to his resignation
  • "I regret that a number of my personal actions have led to difficulties for the bank and compromised my ability to represent the bank internally and externally"
  • Consequently, Credit Suisse Group has appointed Axel P. Lehmann as the bank’s new Chairman effective immediately

Uncivic behavior during the hardest moments of the pandemic is not only taking its toll on politicians, but also on top executives of large companies. The clearest example has been the case of Antonio Horta-Osório, who has resigned from his position as chairman of Credit Suisse Group in view of his behavior during the COVID-19 quarantine.

According to Spanish news agency Europa Press, an investigation by the bank's Board of Directors has shown that Horta-Osório violated the COVID-19 quarantine rule on more than one occasion. "I regret that a number of my personal actions have led to difficulties for the bank and compromised my ability to represent the bank internally and externally. I therefore believe that my resignation is in the interest of the bank and its stakeholders at this crucial time. I wish my colleagues at Credit Suisse every success for the future", the executive said in a statement released by the company.

Consequently, Credit Suisse Group has appointed Axel P. Lehmann as the bank’s new Chairman effective immediately. The bank believes that under his leadership, the Board and the Executive Board will continue to execute Credit Suisse’s strategy, driving forward the transformation of the bank.

“We respect António’s decision and owe him considerable thanks for his leadership in defining the new strategy, which we will continue to implement over the coming months and years. Axel Lehmann as the new Chairman, with his extensive international and Swiss industry experience, is ideally suited to drive forward the strategic and cultural transformation of the bank. We wish Axel every success in his new role and António all the best for the future", commented Severin Schwan, Vice-Chairman and Lead Independent Director of the Board of Credit Suisse.

Following his appointment, Lehmann has taken office as Chairman. The Board will also propose him for election as Chairman at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on April 29, 2022. Lehman thanked the Board for the trust it has placed in him and looks forward to working even more closely with the Board and the Executive Board.

"We have set the right course with the new strategy and will continue to embed a stronger risk culture across the firm. By executing our strategic plan in a timely and disciplined manner, without distraction, I am convinced that Credit Suisse will demonstrate the renewed strength and business focus needed to generate sustainable value for all of our stakeholders", he added.

Lastly, after his resignation, Horta-Osório highlighted that he has worked hard to return Credit Suisse to a successful course, and I claimed to be proud of what they have achieved together in his short time at the bank. "Credit Suisse’s strategic realignment will provide for a clear focus on strengthening, simplifying and investing for growth. I am convinced that Credit Suisse is well positioned today and on the right track for the future", he concluded.

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