The Independent reports that a source close to one non-executive director said: 'This will accelerate next year's succession' – a reference to a desire in some parts of the boardroom for Mr Sands to make an exit at or before next May's annual meeting.
A Standard Chartered spokesman denied any such plan existed. The emerging markets lender said its first-half profits would be 20% down, hitting earnings for the full-year, because of tougher regulations and low market volatility in its trading business.
The bank also said the head of its financial markets business, Lenny Feder, will take a year's sabbatical 'for personal family reasons'. He is the third top executive to leave in recent months, including the finance director Richard Meddings.
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