In the midst of damning money-laundering allegations, the Commonwealth Bank today released a statement outlining what changes it had made since Austrac took it to task.
This included “changing senior leadership in the key roles overseeing financial crimes compliance, compliance more broadly, and operational risk” and recruiting more than 50 financial crime compliance professionals.
Which begs the question, how come it’s always the middle-ranking guy that bites the bullet?
Despite public outcry that CBA’s chief executive officer Ian Narev step down, the CBA board continues to back him and said as much in its last public statement.
And while CBA’s top executives will miss out on their short term bonuses, the CBA also reported today on its record $9.93 billion profit.
According to the Finance Sector Union of Australia (FSU), cutting Narev and his executive team’s short term bonuses saved an estimated $16M from the CBA’s wages bill but it doesn’t mean much for a group already paid more money than most of us will ever see in our lives.
The FSU says the salary “claw-back” basically just gets the bank’s top players off the hook for yet another scandal which has completely trashed the CBA’s reputation.
“If a member of the FSU, much further down the food chain, was held to be responsible for such a monumental stuff up, they would be sacked on the spot,” Julia Angrisano, FSU National Secretary said.
“The CBA would have come down heavily on staff responsible for failure on a compliance measure like this. They would be out of a job, and banned by the ABA’s Industry Conduct Background Check Protocol, unable to get another job in banking for five years.”
And it appears that this is exactly what the CBA has done with its latest announcement that it had changed senior leadership.
Other changes it announced in the wake of the current scandal included: