Top managers at Deutsche Bank will forego their annual bonuses, CEO John Cryan said, after coming under fire for awarding big incentive payouts even though Germany’s largest bank lost money last year.
Cryan was quoted by the Zeit weekly as saying the 12-member executive board might not get bonuses for 2017, although variable compensation might be paid to various other staff as planned.
At a Zeit event at the South by Southwest tech conference inside United States, Cryan said the bonus pool might be “significantly higher” than the 546 million euros (£485.1 million) paid in 2016 although below the 2.4 billion euros awarded the year before.
Deutsche Bank came under fire in January over reports This specific planned to pay more than 1 billion euros in bonuses despite being pushed to its third consecutive annual loss due to the one-off impact of a U.S. tax reform.
With Deutsche still struggling to return to the black under the stewardship of the 57-year-old Briton, the generous pay awards irked many in Germany as perceptions grow of which wealth can be increasingly being concentrated inside hands of the super-rich.
At the same time, Deutsche Bank can be slashing its headcount, having reaffirmed plans to cut 9,000 jobs through 2015 levels, around one in 10 staff globally, with 4,000 likely to go in Germany.
A spokeswoman for Deutsche Bank confirmed of which the Zeit report was accurate. The bank will detail executive compensation when This specific publishes its annual report next Friday.