Monday's Headlines: New UBS CEO faces big challenges after Gruebel quits

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UBS's new CEO Sergio Ermotti faces significant challenges after the departure of Oswald Gruebel in the wake of a massive rogue trading scandal, news media report. Gruebel resigned following a board meeting in Singapore, in which the board backed him as CEO but failed to support his overhaul plans for the bank, the Financial Times writes.

Sergio Ermotti, UBS's former head of Europe, Middle East and Africa was appointed interim CEO. Ermotti previously worked at UniCredit and Merrill Lynch, according to Bloomberg.

"We are aware that we are facing turbulent times externally and this latest incident is only adding much more necessity for us to react. But let's not forget that UBS is one of the best capitalized banks worldwide," Ermotti said, according to Reuters.

After the change was announced, Ermotti told reporters that the rogue trading losses revealed "totally unacceptable" risk exposure and that his priorities would be to asses the bank's controls and determine how the losses occurred, Reuters says.

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