MADRID Dec 15 The chief executive of Spain's
Banco Popular said on Thursday incoming chairman,
Emilio Saracho, did not have a mandate to sell the bank
following reports he could consider a merger as the solution to
its financial woes.
Popular, the weak link of Spain's banking sector, said on
Dec. 1 it would replace Chairman Angel Ron with Saracho, a JP
Morgan Chase vice president. Saracho will take over by
the first quarter of 2017.
Ron had long maintained that Popular was financially strong
enough to remain independent, and bankers and analysts consider
that his ouster could mark it out for a potential takeover.
"Emilio Saracho does not have a mandate to do that, as far
as I know," CEO Pedro Larena told reporters at a banking
(Reporting by Angus Berwick and Jesus Aguado)