The Co-operative Group appoints Niall Booker as Bank Chief Executive and Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer

28 May 2013

The Co-operative Group Ltd and The Co-operative Bank plc – Appointment of Chief Executive of The Co-operative Bank and Deputy Group Chief Executive of The Co-operative Group.


The Co-operative Group

A veteran of the banking sector, Niall Booker has held a variety of senior roles at HSBC in a career of more than 30 years, spanning retail and corporate banking. Most recently, he was Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC North America. In this role he had responsibility for working through the issues in HSBC Finance Corp, including working closely with HSBC North America Holdings’ regulators.

Niall Booker will take up his new roles at The Co-operative Group with effect from 10th June. He will be a member of the Board of The Co-operative Bank.

Euan Sutherland, Group Chief Executive of The Co-operative Group, said:

“We are delighted that Niall is joining The Co-operative Group. With his strong background across the banking sector, covering both retail and corporate, he is the ideal person to lead The Co-operative Bank at this important time in its history. He clearly brings the strategic and operational skills that we need to help take the Bank to the next stage of its development.

“The Board and I are confident that Niall will add tremendous value, helping us work through the complex issues that we currently face as we work to re-position our Bank. The Co-operative Bank has a strong future. We will build on our strengths as a member-owned Bank, with a loyal customer base and an ethical heritage. While there is much work to be done, we are confident that we can continue to provide a distinctive, consumer-led alternative on the high street, offering real choice for customers.

“I know that Niall has a great deal to contribute to the transformation of both The Co-operative Bank and the wider Co-operative Group and I am looking forward to working closely with him.”

Niall Booker said:

"I am delighted to be joining The Co-operative Group under Euan's leadership at this strategically important time for both the Bank and the Group. Along with the rest of the Co-operative team I will be focused on the actions to strengthen our balance sheet and satisfactorily resolve our underlying issues, while at the same time continuing to serve our existing customers and build on The Co-operative Bank's exceptional brand strength. This will ensure that we are well placed to deliver a sustainable improvement in our banking business.

“There are no quick fixes here, but with the support of The Co-operative Group, our staff and our loyal customer base, I am confident we will be able to stabilise and develop the franchise.”

Len Wardle, Chairman of The Co-operative Group, said:

“The Board of The Co-operative Group is very pleased that Niall is joining us. His long career in banking makes him the ideal person to lead our Bank at this time. He will, in addition, bring his wealth of experience to bear on the wider Group as Deputy Chief Executive. In that role he will be working with Euan Sutherland, who started as Group Chief Executive in May and has already made a real impact in terms of driving the Group forward. Together they offer a strong combination of retail and financial services experience, with deep knowledge of the consumer economy.”

No additional information should be disclosed under paragraph 9.6.13 of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority.

The appointment of Niall Booker is subject to formal regulatory approvals.

For further information contact:

  • Russ Brady, The Co-operative Group - 07880 784442
  • Susanna Voyle , Tulchan Communications - 07980 894557

Notes to Editors:

Niall Booker Biography

Niall Booker, age 54; MA in History and Law, Gonville and Caius College Cambridge University.

1981-2011 HSBC Group, with roles including:

  • August 2010 to October 2011, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer HSBC North America Holdings
  • February 2008 to June 2010, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Finance Corporation
  • March 2007 to February 2008, Chief Operating Officer, HSBC North America
  • May 2006 to March 2007, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank Middle East
  • November 2002 to May 2006, Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC India

 Governing Council Member at Glenalmond College.