Slideshow 10 Who Had a Rough Year in 2012

  • December 27 2012, 3:30pm EST
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These financial services executives are surely happy to see this year end and hoping for better results in 2013.

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Stuart Gulliver, CEO, HSBC

The global banking giant has made great strides in its stated goals of reducing overhead and improving its risk profile, but the progress was overshadowed by the revelation of a slew of anti-money-laundering violations that led to a record-setting $1.9 billion fine and another hit to HSBC's reputation.

Related article: HSBC's $1.9B Money-Laundering Penance Puts Industry on Notice

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Vikram Pandit, former CEO, Citigroup

The official story was that he resigned voluntarily, but it was soon revealed that Pandit was ousted in a boardroom coup engineered by Chairman Michael O'Neill. Pandit is credited with returning Citi to health following its near-collapse in 2008, but his contentious relationship with regulators and his failure to grasp some of Citi's business lines ultimately cost him his job, according to news reports.

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John Koelmel, Chairman, CEO, First Niagara Financial Group

Most bank stocks have rebounded from a punishing 2011, but First Niagara's shares are still trading at roughly 60% of book value as investors have questioned whether it paid too much for its acquisition of 195 branches from HSBC. Koelmel insists that the $1.1 billion deal will pay off, but until he's proved correct, expect First Niagara — one of the most country's most aggressive acquirers in recent years — to remain on the sidelines.

Related article: In Seeking to Appease Everyone, First Niagara May Please No One

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Scott Thompson, former CEO, Yahoo

PayPal's former president was expected to make Yahoo a more prominent player in the payments world, but his abrupt departure after it was discovered that he fudged his resume left the company's payments strategy in limbo. Thompson quickly found another job, but "CEO of the online shopping company Shoprunner" doesn't have quite the same ring as "CEO of Yahoo."

Related article: With Thompson Out, Yahoo's Payments Strategy May Stumble

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Douglas Bergeron, CEO, VeriFone

December has been an especially cruel month for Bergeron. First The Wall Street Journal reported that Bergeron was being investigated for insider trading, and just days later the company essentially surrendered to rival Square when it announced that it was scrapping plans to sell a card-reading phone attachment, dubbed Sail, directly to merchants.

Related article: Square vs. VeriFone: A Long Rivalry

Ina Drew, former Chief Investment Officer, JPMorgan Chase

Drew didn't make the trades in what became to be known as the "London Whale" scandal — and there's debate whether she even knew about them — but they ultimately cost JPM $6 billion in the second quarter and Drew her job.

Bob Diamond, former CEO, Barclays

Just 18 months after he was named CEO of the global banking giant, the American-born Diamond was forced to resign in the wake of a Libor-manipulating scandal that led to a $453 million fine from U.S. and British regulators.

Related article: The Barclays Resignations Continue

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Bank organizers

Establishing a new bank these days is not just difficult, it's nearly impossible. If you exclude banks set up to acquire failed banks, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has not approved any new bank charters in more than two years.

Related article: Younger Banks Finding Regulatory Roadblocks to Growth

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Joe Reid, Chairman, CEO, Capitol Bancorp

In truth it's been a rough several years for Reid, but the disclosure in early December that a private-equity group had called off its planned $50 million investment in the Lansing, Mich.-based Capitol could be a death blow to the beleaguered multi-bank holding company.

Related article: Private-Equity Firm Backs Out of Capitol Bancorp Investment

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Victor Karpiak, CEO, First Financial Northwest

Karpiak waged an expensive, year-long battle to keep a dissident investor off the company's board, but it was to no avail. To settle a lawsuit, Karpiak agreed in December to let a representative of activist investor group PL Capital join its board. He also said he would step down as chairman of the Renton, Wash., company — though he remains its chairman — and will resign from the board in September.

Related article: First Financial Northwest Settles Litigation with Activist Investor