NEW YORK — Wells Fargo named its third CEO in as many years as it attempts to move on from a series of scandals.

The bank said Friday that Charles Scharf, chief executive of the Bank of New York Mellon, will take over for C. Allen Parker, who has led Wells Fargo since March.

Parker will remain in place until Scharf joins the bank on Oct. 21.

Wells Fargo has been trying recover from scandals starting in 2016 when it admitted its employees opened millions of fake checking accounts to meet sales goals.

The San Francisco-based bank has been fined repeatedly, including a record $1 billion penalty in 2018 levied by federal regulators for failures in its mortgage lending businesses and for selling auto loan customers insurance policies they did not need.

More importantly, the Federal Reserve last year stepped in and handcuffed Wells' ability to grow its business until the bank proves it has gotten its house in order.

Tim Sloan, who had been Wells Fargo's CEO since the scandals originally broke, stepped down after what many considered a poor performance defending the bank in front of Congress in March.

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