Honorary role for banker

Higgins becomes professor at Glasgow business school

Benny Higgins

Benny Higgins: new position (pic: Terry Murden DB Media Services)


Former banker Benny Higgins is taking up a new role as honorary professor at Glasgow University’s Adam Smith Business School.

Mr Higgins, who was chief executive of Tesco Bank until last year, is advising the First Minister on building a Scottish National Investment Bank, He is chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland.

He will work closely with the Business School, enthusing and supporting learning and teaching in the areas of leadership and financial management, lecturing and coaching students.

He said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as an honorary professor. The University of Glasgow has a special place in my heart, and it is a privilege to be offered this opportunity to contribute to its future well-being.”

Welcoming the appointment Professor John Finch, head of the Adam Smith Business School, said: “He brings leadership experience at the highest levels in finance and will be a great asset. We look forward to his contribution and working with and learning from him.”

Mr Higgins began his career at Standard Life in 1983, joining as an actuarial student and becoming a member of the Standard Life Group Executive Committee in 1996. A year later he moved to RBS to become chief executive of retail banking. He remained at RBS until 2005, during which time he led the successful integration of NatWest Retail Banking – one of the largest hostile takeovers in banking. He moved to HBOS before joining Tesco Bank as chief executive in 2008.


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