Chief Risk Officer Greg Curl and Head of Retail Operations Brian Moynihan are the two most likely internal candidates to replace Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis, sources close to the situation told CNBC.
For the moment, BofA brokerage chief Sallie Krawcheck is considered a "long-shot," one of the sources said.
If Lewis is forced out early, it's still possible that board members Chad Gifford and Bill Boardman will replace Lewis on an interim basis. The interim CEO would in turn groom one of the internal candidates for the permanent job.
However, the majority of investors are pushing for someone from outside of the firm, rather than any of the six potential internal candidates, the sources said.