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New Wells Fargo CEO: Issues will not resolve until 2021

 

Last updated 3/13/2020 at 3:29am

In this April 10, 2019, file photo, Charles Scharf, left, chairman and CEO of the Bank of New York Mellon, testifies before the House Financial Services Committee during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scharf, the third chief executive of Wells Fargo in four years, appeared in front of Congress Tuesday, March 10, 2020. He said that there's much the bank needs to do to fix its cultural problems and isn't expecting it to be done until 2021. AP photo/Patrick Semansky, file photo

Ken Sweet

AP Business Writer

The third chief executive of Wells Fargo in four years appeared in front of Congress Tuesday, March 10, saying that there's much the bank needs to do to fix its cultural problems and isn't expecting it to be done until 2021.

Charles Scharf took over the troubled bank late last year. He replaced Tim Sloan, who resigned in March only a couple of weeks after being lambasted by members of Congress in his own hearing.

Unlike Sloan, Scharf is an outsider, previously holding the jobs of CEO of Bank of New York Mellon and Visa. Since taking the job, Scharf has been candid that the bank still has much work to do and has been trying to resolve all of the bank's legal problems.

"I am confident we can move this company in a significantly improved direction," Scharf said.

Wells Fargo's sales practices scandal is nearly 4 years old at this point, and the bank continues to remain mired in legal and regulatory trouble. The San Francisco-based company paid a $3 billion fine just last month for its illegal sales practices, on top of the roughly $1.2 billion in fines it had already paid. The bank remains under restrictions imposed by the Federal Reserve, not allowing Wells Fargo to grow any larger until its cultural problems are fixed.

Tuesday's hearing is the first of two that Rep. Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, is holding this week. The hearing Wednesday was supposed to involve two members of Wells Fargo's board of directors, but those directors resigned Sunday ahead of the scheduled hearing. Both Republicans and Democrats on the committee issued reports saying Wells Fargo's board was too willing to look the other way as the sales practices problems continued to grow.

 

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