Garth Ritchie, the head of Deutsche Bank’s investment banking arm, is leaving the German lender after 20 years, the bank said today.
The move comes as Deutsche prepares to significantly cut back its investment banking activities and axe 20,000 jobs across its global operations.
Deutsche said Ritchie was leaving by mutual agreement. He joined in 1996 as an associate in the bank’s Johannesburg office, and rose to become president and head of the corporate and investment bank.
Paul Achleitner, chairman of Deutsche Bank’s supervisory board, said Ritchie “helped Deutsche Bank to weather an extremely challenging period and we wish him all the best for the future”.
Chief executive Christopher Sewing is pushing through turnaround plans in an attempt to halt the multi-year decline of Deutsche’s investment banking arm and its collapsing share price.
In the run up to the financial crisis, Deutsche Bank was among the most leveraged banks in the world. It has since struggled with post-crisis regulations that said banks must cut back on using debt for funding.
Over the last five years shares have fallen over 70 per cent. Shares that were worth almost €90 before the financial crisis are worth around €7 today.
Sewing’s restructuring plan will go in front of the bank’s board this weekend, and Deutsche is expected to announce its plans for as many as 20,000 job cuts on Monday, according to Bloomberg.
As part of the plans, Deutsche could create a “bad bank” to hold up to $50bn (£40bn) of mainly long-dated problem assets, the Financial Times reported in June.
Sewing said of Ritchie: “I would like to thank him personally for his excellent cooperation and partnership through his career and over the past 15 months as my deputy.”
Deutsche said Ritchie will continue to advise the bank until end of November 2019 to ensure a smooth transition during a time of “critical UK regulatory matters including Brexit-related issues”.