UPDATE 3-Mexico's Banorte replaces CEO, chairman after power struggle

jueves 20 de noviembre de 2014 19:50 GYT

(Updates with Gonzalez family details, paragraph 4)

By Michael O'Boyle and Christine Murray

MEXICO CITY Nov 20 (Reuters) - The leaders of Mexico's fourth largest bank Banorte resigned on Wednesday after a power struggle, and the board named a new chairman who analysts believe could push through a merger with a smaller Mexican bank.

Grupo Financiero Banorte said on Thursday that its chairman and chief executive had resigned. The move followed a dispute between the two that had upset the bank's largest shareholder, the Gonzalez family.

Banorte said CEO Alejandro Valenzuela was replaced by Jose Marcos Ramirez, who had run the wholesale bank and has been on the board since July 2011. Chairman Guillermo Ortiz, former governor of Mexico's central bank, will step down at the end of the year.

He will be replaced by Carlos Hank Gonzalez, the grandson of the late Roberto Gonzalez who founded Grupo Financiero Banorte and whose family owns most of Banorte's shares.

Gonzalez had recently joined the Banorte board from bank Grupo Interacciones where he was chief executive.

A source with knowledge of the matter said Ortiz and Valenzuela had been at odds over how to manage the bank, upsetting the shareholders from the Gonzalez family.

"The changes determined by the board today will contribute to the strengthening of corporate governance at Grupo Financiero Banorte," Hank Gonzalez said in a statement. His powerful family is from the state of Mexico, home of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.   Continuación...