Stephen Green (banker)
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|The Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint|
Minister of State for Trade and Investment
1 January 2011
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
26 May 2006 – 3 December 2010
|Preceded by||John Bond|
|Succeeded by||Douglas Flint|
1 June 2003 – 26 May 2006
|Preceded by||Keith Whitson|
|Succeeded by||Michael Geoghegan|
|Born||7 November 1948|
|Alma mater||Lancing College
Exeter College, Oxford
University of Oxford
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephen Keith Green, Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint (born 7 November 1948) is Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc. Green was educated at Lancing College and Exeter College, Oxford and received a master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Green began his career with the British Government's Ministry of Overseas Development. In 1977 he joined McKinsey & Co Inc., management consultants, with whom he undertook assignments in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
He joined The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in 1982 with responsibility for corporate planning activities, and, in 1985, was put in charge of the development of the bank's global treasury operations. In 1992 he became Group Treasurer of HSBC Holdings plc, with responsibility for the HSBC Group's treasury and capital markets businesses globally.
In March 1998 Green was appointed to the Board of HSBC Holdings plc as Executive Director, Investment Banking and Markets responsible for the investment banking, private banking and asset management activities of the Group. He assumed additional responsibility for the Group's corporate banking business in May 2002. His appointment as Group Chief Executive took effect on 1 June 2003. Green oversaw the acquisition and integration of the U.S. consumer-finance group Household International, which represented HSBC's largest acquisition in a series of acquisitions made in the five years prior to Green's appointment as CEO.
In January 2005 Green became Chairman of HSBC Bank plc, the group's UK clearing bank subsidiary. On 28 November 2005 HSBC announced that he would become Group Executive Chairman when Sir John Bond retired on 26 May 2006. In September 2010, it was announced that Stephen Green would stand down as Group Chairman of HSBC before the end of the year in order to accept an invitation to join the UK's Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition government as the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment in an unpaid capacity. On 16 November 2010 he was made a life peer as Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint, of Hurstpierpoint in the County of West Sussex, and so became a member of the House of Lords. He will be introduced in the House on 22 November.
Some of his other directorships include The Bank of Bermuda Limited, HSBC Mexico, SA and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. He is also Chairman of HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA and HSBC North America Holdings Inc., Deputy Chairman of HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG and is a board member of HSBC France.
Green is married to Janian and has two daughters, Ruth and Suzie. He is an ordained priest in the Church of England, having studied at the Ming Hua Theological College whilst he was in Hong Kong, and is the author of the book Serving God? Serving Mammon?. On the 7th July 2005 he was appointed a Trustee of the British Museum. Green has a sister called Elizabeth who lives in the USA and a brother, George Francis Green, who is a Professor of Economics at the University of Kent.
Green himself was awarded an honorary doctor's degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2010.
"With the benefit of hindsight, this is an acquisition we wish we had not undertaken," Stephen Green, HSBC's chairman, said, referring to HSBC's $15Bn acquisition of the sub-prime lender Household International in 2003.[dead link]
Green on the banking industry:
"The industry has done many things wrong. It is important to remember that many ordinary bankers have always sought to provide good service to their customers; but we must also recognise that there have been too many who have profoundly damaged the industry's reputation."
"Underlying all these events is a question about the culture and ethics of the industry. It is as if, too often, people had given up asking whether something was the right thing to do, and focused only whether it was legal and complied with the rules. The industry needs to recover a sense of what is right and suitable as a key impulse for doing business."
McKinsey News (March 20, 2006) quoted Green saying this on making acquisitions: "We use four criteria when approaching acquisitions – financial value creation, client and product portfolio synergies, systems integration, and the fourth is ‘culture.’ We ask, ‘will the cultures mesh? Is there a good human fit in the way we do business?’ We consider this very seriously because we know that a cultural clash would be devastating for our shared ethos."
- ^ a b HSBC Holdings plc (24 September 2010). "HSBC announces new leadership team". Press release. http://www.hsbc.com/1/2/newsroom/news/2010/hsbc-announces-new-leadership. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
- ^ UK Trade & Investment (7 September 2010). Press release. Stephen Green appointed as UK Minister for Trade and Investment. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
- ^ "Experienced banker takes Government trade role". UK Trade & Investment website. Government of the United Kingdom. 8 September 2010. http://www.ukti.gov.uk/uktihome/home/localisation/117351.html. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
- ^ London Gazette: , 19 November 2010.
- ^ "The real power behind No 10". The Independent (London). 27 June 2005. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-real-power-behind-no-10-754912.html. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- ^ Crowter, Harold S. (November 1996). "Serving God? Serving Mammon? (Book Review)". evangelicals Now. http://www.e-n.org.uk/1996-11/212-Serving-God-Serving-Mammon.htm.
- ^ "British Museum Trustees". Number10.gov.uk. 8 July 2005. http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page7866.asp.
- ^ "Stephen Green, HSBC Chairman, Receives Honorary Doctorate". SOAS eNews (12). March 2010. http://www.soasalumni.org/Page.aspx?pid=655.
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- ^ Hosking, Patrick (3 March 2009). "HSBC's Stephen Green finds it's not easy to attack bonuses". The Times (London). http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article5835029.ece. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- ^ Lynch, Russell (2 March 2009). "HSBC in bid to raise £12.5bn". The Independent (London). http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/hsbc-in-bid-to-raise-pound125bn-1635307.html. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- ^ "Stephen Green (77-82 LON, NYO) Leads HSBC to the Crossroads of the World". McKinsey News. 20 March 2006. https://alumni.mckinsey.com/alumni/default/public/content/jsp/alumni_news/20060320_StephenGreenFeature.jsp.
- Video: Stephen Green discusses his book 'Good Value' and the need for corporate social responsibility Asia Society New York, Feb. 17, 2010
|Group Chief Executive of HSBC Group
|Group Chairman of HSBC Group