Controversy over Philipp Hildebrand continues to rage. This from the FT’s Haig Simonian:
The Swiss National Bank will pay its former chairman a full year’s salary of about SFr900,000 ($942,000), in spite of his stepping down voluntarily in only the second week of the year.
The bank said Philipp Hildebrand’s contract entitled him to 12 months’ pay. The first six months covered his notice period, with the remainder compensating him for a clause in his contract that prevents him from working for another bank until next January.
The pay-off will stoke a political storm in Switzerland over Mr Hildebrand’s departure following revelations of currency transactions by his wife, and is likely to fuel the wider debate in Europe over bankers’ remuneration.
At Sfr900,000, Mr Hildebrand’s salary is high for the head of a central bank. The terms of his severance package are also generous. Read more