Teresa Bryce Bazemore, who held a front-row seat throughout the bank liquidity crisis this year as president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, prepares to retire when her term ends in 2024, pointing out individual factors.
The San Francisco bank’s board selected not to restore Bazemore’s agreement after she asked to retire in 2025, though her agreement ends in 2024. The board rather started a look for a brand-new CEO, stated Simone Lagomarsino, the board’s chairman, who likewise is president and CEO at Luther Burbank Savings.
Bazemore “indicated that, due to personal and other considerations, she would like to retire in March 2025,” Lagomarsino stated in a news release. “As a result, and in consultation with Teresa, the board has decided to move forward with a search to identify a new CEO who will deliver long-term continuity and engaged leadership.”
The choice followed “extensive deliberation and discussion” about the Home Loan bank’s long-lasting objectives, consisting of “the implementation and integration of strategic changes that may arise from the ‘FHLBank System at 100’ review currently being conducted by the Federal Housing Finance Agency,” Lagomarsino stated in the release. “The board recognized the critical importance of a CEO who would be engaged for the next several years to lead the organization forward and implement a vision and strategy to align with the outcome of the FHFA’s review.”
The San Francisco Home Loan Bank played a main function in the bank liquidity crisis in March, when it acted as loan provider of next-to-last-resort to Silicon Valley Bank, which was taken control of by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and eventually offered to First Citizens BancShares in Raleigh, N.C. Other significant debtors of the San Francisco Home Loan bank this year consisted of San Francisco-based First Republic Bank, which was offered to JPMorgan Chase in May, and Silvergate Bank of La Jolla, Calif., which self-liquidated in March.
Last year, Bazemore made $2.4 million, that included a base pay of $910,000 and other reward payment. When she signed up with the San Francisco Home Loan bank in 2021, she got a $100,000 finalizing reward. Her work arrangement attends to 12 months of discontinuance wage, equivalent to her base pay, plus other awards, according to the Home Loan banks’ combined monetary report for 2022.
Last year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency that manages that Home Loan bank system, released a holistic evaluation of the government-sponsored business, its very first in 90 years. Critics have actually questioned the system’s hybrid public-private company design and whether the banks are participated in the main objective of supporting real estate. FHFA Director Sandra Thompson is set to provide a report with policy and congressional suggestions at some point later on this year.
Separately, Fitch Ratings on Thursday devalued specific rankings of the Federal Home Loan banks of Atlanta and Des Moines pointing out the “high and growing general government debt burden,” of the U.S. federal government. The rankings actions followed the downgrade of the U.S. to ‘AA+,’ from ‘AAA.’
The Home Loan banks are bank cooperatives that offer low-priced financing to 6,500 members consisting of banks, insurer and cooperative credit union. Created in 1932 to boost real estate throughout the Depression, the system incentivizes banks to purchase mortgage-backed securities and firm bonds that can be promised as security in exchange for liquidity.