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By Dan Freed
June 13 Wells Fargo & Co paid its branch
employees for the first time in May using new goals that focus
on customer service, branch banking chief Mary Mack said at an
investor conference on Tuesday.
The third-largest U.S. bank overhauled compensation
practices in its branches in January following a scandal tied to
a pay scheme that rewarded employees who sold multiple products
to the same customer and punished those who did not. As a result
of that system, low level employees created as many as 2.1
million accounts without customer authorization.
The new compensation system rewards teams rather than
individuals in many cases, and is based on whether customers
actually use the products they are sold.
Wells Fargo's shares have rebounded from the sharp drop
suffered in the wake of the sales scandal boosted by growth
expectations after the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.
However, they are still down 1.85 percent so far this year,
underperforming a 4.26 percent increase in the S&P financial
index over the same period.
Mack also discussed the bank's work to reduce the number of
branches in its network, something it was slower to do than
rivals such as Bank of America Corp.
Wells Fargo has lately accelerated branch closures,
shuttering 80 in the fourth quarter of last year, Mack said.
This year it is on track to close 200, she said, adding that the
strategy varies greatly according to the region in which the
closures are occurring.
"In Manhattan you probably don’t want to go further than
across the street to consolidate," she said.
(Reporting by Dan Freed; Editing by Bernard Orr)