With annual meeting season just a few months away, many investors and industry observers are wondering whether banks will feel pressured to follow Wells Fargo's example and separate the chairman and CEO roles.

John Stumpf, Wells' former chairman and CEO, resigned a few weeks after the fake-accounts scandal broke last September. His successor, Tim Sloan, who had previously served as president and chief operating officer, was relegated to a narrower role when the bank amended its bylaws in late November to require that the chairman of the board and CEO roles be filled by separate individuals.

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