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Co-Op CEO Marks Says it Has a Bank Chief ‘Waiting in the Wings’

March 29 (Bloomberg) -- Co-Operative Group Chief Executive Officer Peter Marks said it has a CEO for the banking business “waiting in the wings.”

Co-Op has been named preferred bidder for the 632 branches that Lloyds Banking Group Plc has to sell by the end of November 2013 to comply with European Union state-aid rules after receiving a bailout.

The sale is being delayed by the Financial Services Authority, which won’t give approval until the buyer appoints a full-time CEO for its banking arm, three people familiar with the talks said last week.

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