Dec 24, 2020 06:32 PM

ICBC President Will Be Chairman of Agricultural Bank of China

Gu Shu
Gu Shu

The president of the world’s largest bank will take over as chairman of Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. (ABC), sources with knowledge of the issue told Caixin.

Gu Shu, president of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. (ICBC), the world’s largest commercial lender by assets, was named Communist Party chief of ABC on Thursday, and will take the chairman’s position after regulatory and corporate approval, the sources said.

Gu, 53, has worked at ICBC since 1998, where he headed several departments and overseas units, including those in London and Argentina. He took the president’s position in 2016.

Gu’s appointment shows regulators’ “tremendous recognition” for Gu, a former ICBC executive told Caixin. The executive said Gu is a very careful person who can make thoughtful decisions.

Gu will replace Zhou Mubing, who has been ABC’s chairman since 2016. Zhou had served as a vice chairman of the now-defunct China Banking Regulatory Commission before going to work at the bank. It is unclear who will be the next president of ICBC.

Shanghai- and Hong Kong-listed ABC is the world’s third-largest bank by assets. At the end of September, its total assets reached 27.3 trillion yuan ($4.2 trillion), up 9.7% from the end of last year. ICBC, also listed in Shanghai and Hong Kong, reported 33.5 trillion yuan in total assets at the end of September, up 11.2% from the end of last year.

China is home to the world’s four largest commercial banks by assets: ICBC, China Construction Bank Corp., ABC and Bank of China Ltd. The lenders’ combined assets exceeded 100 trillion yuan at the end of 2019, surpassing the country’s GDP that year.

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