BoE's Carney 'mystified' by CEO spat at London Stock
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[November 28, 2017]
LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of
England Governor Mark Carney said he was "mystified" by the row over the
departure of London Stock Exchange Chief Executive Xavier Rolet given
that a succession plan had been decided.
The LSE said on Oct. 19 that Frenchman Rolet would step down by the end
of 2018, a move viewed by many at the time as consensual.
But hedge fund TCI, an LSE shareholder, has since said that Rolet was
being forced out and has ordered a shareholder vote to oust LSE Chairman
Donald Brydon over his handling of Rolet's exit.
Last week TCI founder Christopher Hohn called on the BoE and the
Financial Conduct Authority to intervene in the dispute and appoint a
new chairman for the LSE.
Carney, speaking at a news conference, said he wanted clarity "as soon
as possible", but appeared reluctant to stop Rolet's departure.
"In some respects I'm a bit mystified by the debate because we knew
about the succession plan. We've stayed close to the situation," Carney
"I can't envisage a circumstance where the CEO stays on beyond the
agreed period and so I think it's in the interest of all parties
involved that clarity is provided as soon as possible."
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The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, smiles at the
'Future Forum 2017' event in St George's Hall, Liverpool, Britain
November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble
The LSE Group is a core part of the financial market's infrastructure for
clearing derivatives in particular, Carney said.
"It's incredibly important not just to UK, not just to European, but to global
derivatives markets," Carney said.
"I think Xavier Rolet, the CEO of the LSE has made an extraordinary contribution
over the last nine years I guess as CEO. Everything comes to an end."
TCI and LSE had no immediate comment.
The LSE is due to hold a shareholder meeting before year-end to vote on TCI's
proposal. The exchange has said it will issue a circular to shareholders to make
an informed decision at the meeting.
(Reporting by Huw Jones, editing by Andy Bruce and Susan Fenton)
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