SYDNEY- The head of Australia’s largest wealth manager has resigned after the company admitted lying to regulators for more than a decade.
Craig Meller AMP chief executive has quit after the inquiry heard of the business who routinely is charged fees to customers for services that were not delivered.
A royal commission is going to be hold Australia, it is the highest form of public inquiry into misconduct in financial institutions.
Mr Meller is the first executive causality to be ousted amidst the inquiry.
A hearing this week revealed that AMP have been misleading the country’s watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (Asic) over its collection of fees.
AMP has sent out an “unreservedly” apology.
The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered the commission in 2017 following allegations of series of misconduct in the financial sector.
In his resignation letter Meller said, “personally devastated” by what had been exposed.
He added, “I do not condone [the misconduct] or the misleading statements made to Asic,”
“However, as they occurred during my tenure as CEO, I believe that stepping down as CEO is an appropriate measure to begin the work that needs to be done to restore public and regulatory trust in AMP.”
Many politicians and political analysts have responded with shock and outrage in Australia.
In the past I argued against a Royal Commission into banking. I was wrong. What I have heard is so far is beyond disturbing.
— Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) April 18, 2018
Why didn’t bank execs resign when they first found out their companies were shysters robbing dead people and had lied to ASIC? Not years later when exposed at royal commission?
— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) April 19, 2018
What we’ve learned so far from the banking royal commission has been shocking and shameful.
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) April 19, 2018
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