Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said late Tuesday that he was reorganizing the bank’s management and operating units around its three core customer groups: individuals, companies and institutional investors. As part of this shuffle, Sallie Krawcheck is no longer head of wealth management and will be leaving the firm.
Moynihan appointed David Darnell and Tom Montag to the new posts of co-chief operating officers and made them immediately accountable for all operations—moves that some experts are praising. Darnell is now in charge of the “individual customer” track, including the16,240-strong Merrill Lynch advisor force, Merrill Edge advisors and reps with U.S. Trust.
Roughly two years ago, Bank of America selected Krawcheck (left), a veteran of both Sanford Bernstein and Citigroup, as the head of its global wealth and investment management group, which had just come to include Merrill Lynch.
“I am pleased with the work the team has done, in particular the strong performance of the business,” Krawcheck said in a statement. “It has been an honor to lead Bank of America Global Wealth and Investment Management during a challenging time.”
Krawcheck has been one of the most powerful women on Wall Street for some time, leading to her being named to AdvisorOne’s 50 Top Women in Wealth as recently as this July.
In addition to being an advocate for Merrill Lynch, its brokers and the wirehouse model, she has also addressed the unique needs of women when it comes to financial planning.
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