Credit Suisse bosses offer 40% bonus cut


Credit Suisse chief executive Tidjane Thiam and the bank’s board of directors have offered to cut their own bonuses by 40% ahead of its annual meeting.

They also proposed to keep total board pay at the same level as 2015 and 2016.

The move follows pressure from Swiss lawmakers and the bank’s shareholders to address excessive executive pay.

The Swiss bank has posted two straight years of losses but its top 12 executives were awarded 78m Swiss francs ($77m;£62m) in pay this year.

Mr Thiam, who used to head insurance giant Prudential, was awarded 12m Swiss francs in total pay in 2016.

He said the decision to reduce top executives’ variable compensation reflects “the total confidence” they have in fixing the bank’s fortunes.

“My highest priority is to see through the turnaround of Credit Suisse which is under way,” he wrote in a letter to shareholders.

“I hope that this decision will alleviate some of the concerns expressed by some shareholders and will allow the executive team to continue to focus on the task at hand.”

Credit Suisse investors are set to meet on 28 April. Under Swiss law they get a binding annual vote on executive pay.