Bank of America Corp. chief executive Ken Lewis said he would stay on at the company until it paid back the $45 billion it received from the U.S. government's Troubled Asset Relief Program.

"I want to repay the Tarp money before I go anywhere, and by then I think we will be seeing the success of the Merrill Lynch acquisition," he told the Financial Times, according to a report on the newspaper's Web site Tuesday. "It would be very easy to disappear into the sunset but we have to slug through this." He added that he hadn't considered resigning "for one second."

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