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John Gerard Stumpf (born September 15, 1953)[3] is an American business executive and retail banker. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Wells Fargo, one of the Big Four banks of the United States. He was named CEO in June 2007, elected to the board of directors in June 2006, and named president in August 2005. He became chairman in January 2010. On October 12, 2016, Stumpf announced his retirement as chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo effective immediately, following a scandal involving customer accounts and subsequent pressure from the public and lawmakers. He was succeeded by Timothy J. Sloan.

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Stumpf in 2009
John Gerard Stumpf

(1953-09-15) September 15, 1953 (age 65)[1]
ResidenceSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materSt. Cloud State University
University of Minnesota
Known forFormer Chairman & CEO of Wells Fargo
SalaryUS$ 19.3 million (2014)[2]
Board member ofThe Clearing House, Financial Services Roundtable, Chevron


Early lifeEdit

A native of Pierz, Minnesota, Stumpf grew up as one of 11 children on a dairy and poultry farm.[4] His father was a dairy farmer. His father is of German descent and his mother of Polish descent. He was raised as a Catholic.[5] Stumpf shared a bedroom with his brothers until he was married. Stumpf graduated in the bottom half of his high school class. His bad grades, combined with his limited family finances, resulted in Stumpf obtaining a job as a breadmaker in a Pierz bakery. After a year, Stumpf enrolled in St. Cloud State University on a provisional basis. He eventually obtained a job as a repossession agent at First Bank in St. Paul, Minnesota.[6]

Stumpf earned his bachelor's degree in finance from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and his MBA with an emphasis in finance from the Carlson School of Management.[7]


In 1982, Stumpf joined Northwestern National Bank, the flagship bank of Norwest Corporation. He worked in the loan administration department and then became senior vice president and chief credit officer for Norwest Bank, N.A., Minneapolis. He held a number of management positions at Norwest Bank Minneapolis and Norwest Bank Minnesota before assuming responsibility for Norwest Bank Arizona in 1989. He was named regional president for Norwest Banks in Colorado/Arizona in 1991. From 1994 to 1998 he was regional president for Norwest Bank Texas. During his four years in that position, he led Norwest's acquisition of 30 Texas banks with total assets of more than $13 billion.[8]

Norwest merged with Wells Fargo in 1998. Although Norwest was the nominal survivor, the merged bank retained the Wells Fargo name. Stumpf became head of Wells Fargo's Southwestern Banking Group (Arizona, New Mexico and Texas). Two years later he became head of the new Western Banking Group (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming). In 2000, he led the integration of Wells Fargo's acquisition of the $23 billion First Security Corporation, based in Salt Lake City. In May 2002, he was named Group EVP of Community Banking. In December 2008, he led one of the largest mergers in history with the purchase of Wachovia.[8]

In 2012, Stumpf's total compensation was $22.87 million with a base salary of $2.8 million, $3,300,000 in cash bonuses, $12.5 million in stock granted, and $15,000 in other compensation.[9][10]

Stumpf served as director of National Association since June 27, 2006 and a Member of Litigation Committee at Visa Inc.[11]

Role in fake accounts scandalEdit

In September 2016, Wells Fargo was fined $100 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, $50 million by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and $35 million by the city and county of Los Angeles, for opening two million checking and credit-card bank accounts without the consent of its customers.[12][13][14] He was grilled by angry lawmakers on Capitol Hill in hearings before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee as well as the House Financial Services Committee.[15] He was accused of cross selling customers multiple accounts fraudulently when they did not need them, and using those results on quarterly reports for larger returns on Wells Fargo stock holdings.[16] On September 27, The Wall Street Journal reported that the board was considering cutting back on compensation for Stumpf and former retail banking head Carrie Tolstedt.[17][18] Two days later, Stumpf again appeared before Congress, declaring his intent to forfeit at least $41 million in pay. He also testified that Wells Fargo will drop its sales incentive program by the end of the week.[19]

Other NewsEdit

John Stumpf was CEO during the time that the Minneapolis Cash Vault Fired seven of its employees (2015) which was the entire leadership team. The site manager, at the time, noticed that the vaults coin was out of balance. He was warned repeatedly to ignore it by his boss. The site manager did what was right and figured out why the vault was not balanced. Turns out that one of the managers was stealing cash and converting it into coin. As a result of the site managers heroic actions, the complete leadership team was fired without the possibility of rehire. No one actually received a real reason as to why they was fired and Wells Fargo refused to give the employees their employee files. According to the seven employees they are still on the do not rehire list and are still left in the dark as to why they were fired. They tried to get a lawyer but the lawyer that they reached out to said that there was nothing that could be done because Minnesota is a "Right to hire, right to fire state". Timothy Sloan was made aware of the situation and asked for answers as to why everyone was fired and he never gave an answer [CITATION NEEDED-CANNOT VERIFY] Stumpf stepped down as CEO and Chairman of the board on October 12, 2016.[20] In February 2018, Janet Yellen, on her last day as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (2014-2018), approved a strongly worded critical letter to Stumpf to emphasize his failures as Chair of Wells Fargo board of directors. The letter, signed by Michael Gibson, Director of the Division of Supervision and Regulation, cited Stumpf's complicity in ignoring the bank's poor risk management programs, and failure to initiate any serious investigation into its sales practices.[21]


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vols. 1 & 2 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ [1], Wall Street Journal
  3. ^ "Mr John Gerard Stumpf - Director at Wells Fargo Bank, National Association". DueDil. 2006-03-08. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  4. ^ "Wells Fargo is now the nation's biggest bank by market value". latimes. 2012-03-18. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  5. ^ "Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf on Leadership, Corporate Citizenship, Sustainable Business & Accountability". DiversityInc. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  6. ^ "Wells Fargo: The Bank That Works". Forbes. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  7. ^ Wells Fargo Executive Officers Archived 2012-12-13 at the Wayback Machine,
  8. ^ a b "John G. Stumpf Biography – Chairman, President, and CEO – Wells Fargo". Archived from the original on 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  9. ^ 2011 CEO Compensation for John G. Stumpf Archived 2011-05-15 at the Wayback Machine, Equilar
  10. ^ John Stumpf, Forbes
  11. ^ "Executive profile: John Stumpf". Businessweek. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fines Wells Fargo $100 Million for Widespread Illegal Practice of Secretly Opening Unauthorized Accounts". Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  13. ^ "Wells Fargo boss urged to resign over accounts scandal". BBC News. September 20, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  14. ^ Bryan, Bob (September 20, 2016). "Wells Fargo's CEO just got grilled by the Senate". Business Insider. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  15. ^ Cowley, Stacy. "Wells Fargo's Reaction to Scandal Fails to Satisfy Angry Lawmakers". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Senator Elizabeth Warren Grills Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf On WFC Cross-Selling CNBC". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  17. ^ Glazer, Emily (2016-09-27). "Wells Fargo Board Actively Considering Executive Clawbacks". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  18. ^ "Wells Fargo may claw back some of CEO John Stumpf's compensation". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  19. ^ Cowley, Stacy (2016-09-29). "Wells Fargo's Reaction to Scandal Fails to Satisfy Angry Lawmakers". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  20. ^ Glazer, Emily (2016-10-12). "Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf Steps Down". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  21. ^ Gibbon, Michael S. "Accountability as Chair of Wells Fargo & Company Board of Directors" (PDF) (Letter). Letter to John Stumpf. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Retrieved 2018-09-28.

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