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Gardner moves to US; Laird takes BoS role

Alasdair GardnerOne of Bank of Scotland’s most senior executives, is leaving to take up a role in the US for parent company Lloyds Banking Group.

Alasdair Gardner will be replaced By Nick Laird as Bank of Scotland regional managing director for mid-markets.

Mr Gardner, who has been in the post for seven years, is to become head of global corporates North America.

Mr Laird will take over in September and will report into Tim Hinton, managing director, mid markets and SME banking for Lloyds Banking Group.

He will be based in Edinburgh and will lead commercial banking for Bank of Scotland and for Lloyds in the North of England. He will be head of a team of 120 handling clients with turnover of between £25m and £750m.

Mr Laird has held a broad range of roles in corporate banking during his career. He joined Lloyds in 2013.

Mr Hinton said: “Alasdair’s new role in North America is testament to the great work he has done in building our profile and our business in Scotland, a role he held with distinction for more than seven years. He will be greatly missed by clients, but this is an exciting opportunity for him to further his career within the group and I wish him every success.

“I am delighted that Nick will be picking up the baton from Alasdair. During his time with the Group Nick has demonstrated that he has the right skill-set to support our mid market clients and to lead the team in Scotland.

“He is inheriting a strong team from Alasdair, who are all fully committed to supporting businesses as they seek to navigate through the current economic uncertainty and to help them to capitalise upon the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mr Laird said: “I am very excited by the opportunity to lead the team and continue Alasdair’s work.” 

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