RBS names Alison Rose as first female Chief Executive of a major British bank

Alison Rose

Alison Rose has been named as the new chief executive of RBS, making her the first female to hold this position at a major British bank.

Alison was previously chief executive of commercial and private banking at RBS and deputy chief executive at NatWest Holdings.

BLM met with Alison in October 2018 when she was touring the South West. She talked about her desire to promote diversity in the banking sector.

Alison also told BLM how the banking sector is dramatically changing and how she wants to play her part in positioning RBS at the forefront of this new age in banking (read BLM’s piece about NatWest’s self-disruption here).

Alison is likely to replace current incumbent Ross McEwan in the coming days.

RBS, which is 62% owned by the taxpayer following its £45.5bn bailout during the 2008 financial crisis, also has a female finance chief, Katie Murray, who was appointed late last year.

Alison has worked at the bank for 25 years and has risen to become one of the most respected industry figures.

More to follow.