Credit Suisse: Leave Brady Dougan Alone!

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In an unusual move, the board of Credit Suisse Group AG Friday issued a statement to back Chief Executive Brady Dougan, saying it is confident management's plans to bolster capital will ensure Switzerland's No. 2 bank meets and exceeds regulatory requirements. Mr. Dougan's problems have been building in recent days. Last week, he was caught up in an unusual public spat with Switzerland's central bank over whether Credit Suisse's capital cushion is adequate. Meanwhile, the Swiss bank's stock has fallen sharply and some of its bankers are grumbling about Mr. Dougan's performance as chief executive. The questions about Mr. Dougan have intensified in recent days and represent an unwelcome distraction for the bank, which has prided itself on avoiding much of the turmoil that has befallen its larger rival, UBS AG. The board has now moved to quell any speculation about Mr. Dougan's future at the bank, saying it was comfortable with the progress that has been made toward meeting the Basel III capital requirements. [WSJ]

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