WSJ: Carlyle’s Zwiener May Become Wachovia CFO

(Reuters) – Carlyle Group’s David Zwiener is the leading candidate to fill the chief financial officer’s position at Wachovia Corp (WB.N), The Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the situation.

An announcement about the appointment of Zwiener, currently a managing director in the private equity firm’s New York office, could come later this week, the newspaper said on Monday.

In July Wachovia, which posted a record $8.86 billion second-quarter loss, said Chief Financial Officer Thomas Wurtz will resign from the fourth-largest U.S. bank after a successor is named.

Wurtz is the first senior executive set to leave since Robert Steel, a former U.S. Treasury undersecretary and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N vice chairman, was named chief executive earlier in July.

Steel replaced Ken Thompson, who was ousted in early June after a series of financial and legal setbacks, including a poorly timed $24.2 billion purchase in 2006 of California mortgage specialist Golden West Financial Corp.

Wachovia could not be immediately reached for comment. (Reporting by Pratish Narayanan in Bangalore; editing by Simon Jessop)