Bouée stepped down after that operation came to light. More recently, he was blamed for ordering a spying operation on Credit Suisse’s former head of human resources for several days last February.
“I had no knowledge of the observation of two former colleagues. It undoubtedly disturbed Credit Suisse and caused anxiety and hurt. I regret that this happened and it should never have taken place,” Thiam said in the statement.
Thiam will step down following the presentation of 2019’s fourth quarter and annual results next week.
Credit Suisse said previously that former COO Bouée had not informed Thiam or any other member of the bank’s senior leadership of the surveillance on Khan. It added in December that it found no indication that Thiam and other members of the executive board or board of directors knew anything about the second spying case until the media reported on it.
Under Thiam, Credit Suisse implemented a three-year drive to focus on managing the assets of wealthy clients, scale back investment banking and restructure its global markets business. Analysts say the bank still needs to do more to shift its resources away from investment banking in New York and London to wealth management in Asia.
Credit Suisse posted a $3 billion loss in its 2015 financial year. Those losses narrowed in Thiam’s first years in charge before the bank returned to profit in 2018. On Friday, Rohner credited Thiam with returning the bank to profit and placing it “on a very solid foundation.”
Still, Credit Suisse has now handed the reigns back to an insider. Gottstein has been with the bank for more than two decades and has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. He has been responsible for the bank’s Swiss business since 2015, Credit Suisse said.
In Friday’s statement, the bank’s lead independent director Severin Schwan said Rohner had led the board “commendably during this turbulent time.”
“After careful deliberations, the Board has been unanimous in its actions, as well as in reaffirming its full support for the chairman to complete his term until April 2021,” Schwan added.