so I guess I’ll be taking off now

UBS chairman Axel Weber has hinted he may not stay at the Swiss bank as long as originally expected, in a newspaper interview linking his future with the lender’s ability to meet stricter regulation as well as to restructure by end-2015. “My work here is done when the bank is prepared for the new regulatory requirements and we have successfully implemented our strategy,” Weber told German weekly Die Zeit, in an advance print made available on Wednesday. The Swiss bank aims to hit higher capital requirements by the end of 2014, and said two years ago it plans to fire 10,000 staff and largely wind down its fixed income business by 2015. Weber’s comments represent a subtle shift for the 56-year-old former head of Germany’s central bank, who responded to criticism of his 4 million Swiss franc ($4.50 million) signing-on fee in 2012 in part by saying he was looking to stay with UBS roughly 10 years. [Reuters]

June 7, 2013: Apologising if he sounds “pompous”, Hester says the RBS job was something he took on as a “mission. I could have stayed out of the limelight at British Land but I wanted the challenge. Now I’ve taken it on, it commands all my focus.” Returning RBS to sustainable profitability and to private sector ownership will be the key measures of success. “I hate not winning, I hate it,” he says with a glimmer of passion. June 12, 2013: Stephen Hester, the chief executive of the part-nationalized Royal Bank of Scotland, announced on Wednesday that he was leaving the bank. [FT, Dealbook]