Bank of America has reshuffled its top management as it struggles to deal with falling shares and growing legal troubles, DealBook and other media are reporting.
David Darnell and Tom Montag were appointed as co-chief operating officers and will report to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan. Sallie Krawcheck, head of global wealth and investment management, and Joe Price, head of consumer and small business banking are leaving.
Darnell, who now runs global commercial banking, will manage all consumer units including wealth management and mortgages. Montag will head banking and markets, including Merrill Lynch.
"The reorganization - which essentially splits the sprawling empire into two main units, one focused on consumers, the other on businesses and institutions - comes as Bank of America faces an erosion of investor confidence," DealBook writes. "Amid growing losses linked to the mortgage crisis and fears that its capital cushion was insufficient, the financial firm has been pummeled, the laggard stock in an already troubled industry."
Krawcheck's department further thins the ranks of top female executives on Wall Street.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports the reorganization may put Montag in line for the CEO job if Moynihan is forced to leave.
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