Shareholders of the PSS bank dismissed the bank’s CEO Imrich Béreš, citing “loss of trust.” The shareholders were responding to overpriced marketing and consulting services. An external auditor had been reviewing them over the past six months. Several months ago, the bank fired its marketing director, Martin Ranuša. Its net profit dropped from €29.4m in 2012 to last year’s €15.5m. The bank is owned by Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall (32.5%), Raiffeisen Bausparkassen (32.5%), Erste Group (25.02%) and SLSP (9.98%).
Béreš was at the helm for 15 years. He ran for president last year but withdrew his bid after media reports concerning his alleged domestic violence.