Tim Sloan, former chief executive officer of Wells Fargo & Co., listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S. (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Wells Fargo's Credit Outlook Cut by S&P on Abrupt CEO Exit

(Bloomberg) -- Wells Fargo & Co.’s credit outlook was cut by S&P Global Ratings after the bank’s chief executive officer stepped down last week.

S&P lowered the outlook on the bank’s credit rating to negative from stable, it said Monday in a statement. The lender’s rating was affirmed at A-.

Wells Fargo's Credit Outlook Cut by S&P on Abrupt CEO Exit

Tim Sloan gave in to critics and abruptly stepped down Thursday, after the 31-year company veteran struggled to tame a range of scandals, launching the fourth-largest U.S. bank into a hasty search for a successor. The lender’s board said it plans to look externally for a permanent replacement.

“The leadership transition adds a layer of uncertainty to the company amid a more protracted timeline than we had originally expected for Wells to resolve regulatory matters related to governance and operational risk management,” S&P said.

S&P cut Wells Fargo’s rating last year after the Federal Reserve imposed a growth restriction on the bank, limiting assets to their level at the end of 2017 until the bank fixes its missteps to the regulator’s satisfaction.

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