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People moves: Winters linked to UBS role

Ossi Grübel, the chief executive of UBS, has told Euromoney that rumours linking Bill Winters, the former co-head of investment banking at JPMorgan, with his own position were without foundation.

"No, forget it," was Grübel’s response when the rumours were put to him in an interview at UBS’s headquarters in Zurich.

Speculation among London-based bankers and headhunters has been growing in recent weeks that the highly regarded Winters would renew his banking career by taking over either as chief executive of UBS group, with Grübel moving up to chairman, or as the chief executive of its investment banking unit. One banker who knows Winters well told Euromoney that either role would be a good fit and that Winters might be open to the job.

The stories might have been prompted by the fact that, under the terms of his departure from JPMorgan in late September, Winters will be free to start a new job in February, Euromoney understands.

Having successfully guided JPMorgan through the credit crisis, and with a reputation as a gifted banker who generated great loyalty from his colleagues, Winters’ signature on his next contract will be highly valued. He has also let it be known to friends that he wants to remain in Europe rather than relocate to the US.

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