Deutsche Bank CEO Investing 15% of Monthly Pay in Bet on Shares

September 9, 2019
Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Deutsche Bank AG’s Christian Sewing is making good on a promise to put his money where his mouth is.

The chief executive officer will invest 15% of his monthly net salary in the lender’s shares, starting with a 22,144 euro ($24,303) investment on Aug. 30, Deutsche Bank filings show. That goes beyond standard practice at German companies, where senior executives are frequently awarded stock as part of their bonuses.

Sewing kicked off Deutsche Bank’s biggest overhaul in recent memory earlier this year after attempts by his predecessors failed to restore the globally-important lender to profitability. The bank has yet to convince investors that it can meet goals for raising revenue in businesses it wants to keep, while exiting stock trading and firing staff across the firm.

The stock purchase program runs from Sept. 1 to the last day of 2022 and depends on Sewing continuing as a member of Deutsche Bank’s management board, according to the filings.

Deutsche Bank pays its CEO 3.4 million euros a year in gross salary as well as bonuses that are determined by the individual and the company’s performance, according to its annual report. Sewing held 73,237 Deutsche Bank shares as of Feb. 15 this year, according to the most recent annual report.

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