[ARCHIVE] RBS Group announces Sir Howard Davies to Board of Directors as upcoming Non-Executive Chairman

– UK, London – Following its announcement on 25 September 2014 that Philip Hampton would leave The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (“RBS”) during 2015, RBS is pleased to announce that Howard Davies will succeed him as Chairman.

Philip Hampton will step down as Director and Chairman of RBS with effect from 31 August 2015.  Howard Davies will join the Board at the end of June and assume the role of Chairman from 1 September 2015.

Howard has an extraordinary breadth of experience across the UK financial services sector, having held the roles of Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry and CEO of the Audit Commission.  

Howard is currently Chairman of Phoenix Group, a non-executive Director of Prudential plc, and a non-executive Director of Morgan Stanley. He will step down from Phoenix and Morgan Stanley. He will complete his work as Chairman of the UK Airports Commission before assuming the role of RBS Chairman and will retain his position at Prudential and as Professor of Practice at Sciences Po, Paris.  

Commenting on the appointment, Philip Hampton, Chairman of RBS, said: “The Board is pleased that Howard will succeed me as Chairman and we welcome him to RBS. We have made considerable progress to create a safer and stronger bank but there is still work to be done.  Howard is very well equipped to lead RBS through the next stage of its transformation.  His experience and expertise will be invaluable and I wish him every success in the future.

Howard Davies said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board and look forward to leading the bank through the next phase of its journey.   RBS occupies a unique position and I will take over the reins from Philip at an exciting time and am grateful to him for the stewardship he has provided to RBS.  Ross McEwan has set out a very clear strategy to create the number one bank in the UK for trust, customer service and advocacy. I look forward to working closely with him in order to achieve that ambition.”

About Sir Howard Davies 

Howard Davies is Chairman of the Phoenix Group and has been an independent director of Morgan Stanley since 2004, and chairs the Risk Committee. He also chairs the Risk Committee at Prudential plc, whose board he joined in 2010. He is Professor of Practice at the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po) and Chairman of the UK Airports Commission.

Howard is a member of the Regulatory and Compliance Advisory Board of Millennium LLC, a New York-based hedge fund and is a member of the Advisory Board of Promontory. He has been a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Banking Regulatory Commission since 2003.

Howard was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2003 until May 2011. Prior to that he was Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority from 1997 to 2003.

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