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CEO Daily: Wednesday, July 8

These are tough times to be a bank CEO. Barclay’s CEO Anthony Jenkins was unceremoniously — some might say brutally — sacked by his board today. Chairman John McFarlane didn’t beat around the bush in an interview with the BBC’s Kamal Ahmed, confirming and explaining the firing. “Barclays is not efficient, we are not productive, we are cumbersome,” McFarlane said. “We have very large bureaucracy and personal accountability is not as high as we need it to be.”



Jenkins replaced hard-charging Bob Diamond three years ago in the midst of the interest-rate rigging scandal. With a background in retail banking, he had been dubbed “Saint Anthony” for his efforts to bring ethics back to the business. So much for that. The directors who drove his ouster were clearly concerned about his lack of attention to the investment bank. “He is a tremendously successful retail banker,” McFarlane told the BBC, damning with faint praise. “What we really need is profit improvement and returns improvement and that is a different skill.”



Meanwhile, the China market meltdown continues, with nearly half the shares in Shanghai now on a trading halt. As Fortune’s Stephen Gandel reports, the collapse is also spilling over into the U.S. markets, as the U.S. listed stocks of Chinese companies take a dive.



More below.



Alan Murray

Top News

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Market dive could delay China reforms

The New York Times argues the pace of reform in the Chinese economy, including the introduction of competition for banks and the overhauling of state-owned companies, could slow if the country’s stock market slump persists. The government finds itself in a tough spot as the Shanghai stock market has lost trillions in value, with China making promises that are so far failing to stop the nation’s stock market nosedive. New York Times

Energy Transfer may go hostile

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Barclays ousts chief executive

Barclays Chairman John McFarlane, who took over in April, has quickly moved to oust Chief Executive Antony Jenkins and pledged to make deeper cost cuts, news that sent the company’s shares higher. Jenkins had served in that role since 2012 after the bank fired its prior CEO following fines Barclays incurred for manipulating benchmark interest rates. Some analysts said Barclays would struggle to meet its profitability targets unless it deepened cuts. Bloomberg

Corzine, others settle MF Global suit

Jon Corzine and other MF Global Holdings officials have reached a $64.5 million settlement of litigation that was brought by investors seeking to hold them liable for the now-defunct futures brokerage’s 2011 bankruptcy. The preliminary settlement would resolve the last major piece of litigation over the company’s fall into Chapter 11. Reuters

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Subway’s spokesman nightmare

In a fast-moving story that began with a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid, sandwich giant Subway suspended long-time spokesman Jared Fogle after learning he was being investigated in apparent connection to a child pornography case. Subway, which had worked with Fogle for many years, quickly moved to remove images of Fogle from its website after his home was raided in the investigation. Fortune

Heart drug wins early approval

Swiss drugmaker Novartis won U.S. approval for its keenly awaited new heart failure drug faster than the company had anticipated, boosting hopes for a medicine analysts say may reap billions of dollars in annual sales. Entresto is the first new drug in decades that helps patients whose lives are in danger because their hearts cannot pump blood efficiently. Industry analysts anticipate annual sales of $4.4 billion by 2020. Reuters

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