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Lloyds Bank chief executive António Horta-Osório is to step down in 2021 after decade in top role that saw him once made Britain’s best-paid banking boss

  • Boss of Lloyds bank Antonio Horta-Osório has announced he will leave in 2022
  • Mr Horta-Osório joined the bank after formerly heading Santander’s UK arm 
  • The bank has appointed industry veteran Robin Budenberg as the new chairman

The boss of Lloyds bank is set to step down next year after a decade in the top job, it was announced today.

Chief executive of the bank Antonio Horta-Osório, who was titled Britain’s best paid banker in 2018 when he earned a staggering £6.5million, said he had ‘mixed emotions’ about the decision to leave at the end of June 2021.

The new shake-up will also see the banking group appoint industry veteran Robin Budenberg as their new chairman.   

The Portuguese chief executive, who joined the bank after formerly heading Santander’s UK arm, said: ‘It is, of course, with mixed emotions that I announce my intention to step down as chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group by June next year.

Chief executive of Lloyds bank Antonio Horta-Osorio, who joined the bank after formerly heading Santander’s UK arm, has announced that he will leave his position at the end of June 2021.

‘I am lucky to have had the support of a superb board and executive team on whom I will continue to rely as we complete our current strategic plan, transforming the group into the bank of the future.

‘Everyone at Lloyds has unified around our purpose of ”Helping Britain Prosper”, and our customers and communities are seeing our commitment to that now, more than ever.’

After joining in 2011, Mr Horta-Osório led the turnaround at the bank in the aftermath of its government rescue in the 2007-09 financial crisis and saw it return fully to private hands in 2017.    

Speaking about the banker’s achievements John Cronin, analyst at Goodbody, told The Financial Times: ‘He has delivered a successful strategy overhaul as well as substantive transformation from an organisational efficiency perspective. 

‘While he will be sorely missed, it is not surprising that he is planning to move on after what will be 10 years at the helm come 2021.’ 

Mr Horta-Osório’s departure was announced alongside the news that the bank had also found a new chairman in Robin Budenberg.

Mr Budenberg will take over when Lord Blackwell, who had already announced that he would be steeping down, retires. 

The banking group has appointed industry veteran Robin Budenberg as their new chairman. (Stock image)

The banking group has appointed industry veteran Robin Budenberg as their new chairman. (Stock image)

The veteran banker built his career in investment banking at SG Warburg and UBS, including advising the government on its bailout of British banks including Lloyds in the crisis. 

Banking boss Antonio Horta-Osório 

Born in Lisbon, Antonio Horta-Osório graduated in Management and Business Administration from the Catholic University of Portugal.

He soon joined Citibank in Portugal before going on to join Goldman Sachs in New York City.

The banker later moved to Brazil and became CEO of Banco Santander Brazil and chairman of the Santander Group in Brazil.

Shortly after he became the vice president of Banco Santander in Spain. 

In 2011, he was appointed CEO of Lloyds banking group.

In 2017, the Lloyds Banking Group said it would slash its boss’s pay by £228,000 after it was revealed he had been paid £51.4million in total since becoming chief executive in 2011.

He later led the government’s UK Financial Investments and was a chairman of property developer The Crown Estate. 

Mr Budenberg plans to join the board in October this year, before replacing Lord Blackwell in 2021.

He was formerly chief executive of UK Financial Investments, which manages the Government’s stake in the banks it bought during the 2008 financial crisis.

In 2016, he was appointed chairman of the Crown Estate, helping to manage a £14 billion portfolio. He will continue in this job, but step down from several others before becoming Lloyds chairman.

Lord Blackwell said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Robin Budenberg to the board as my successor. 

‘His knowledge of the group, combined with his broad experience in both financial services and other strategic advisory roles, give him an outstanding background to provide the board leadership required to support the continued transformation of the group.’

Mr Budenberg said: ‘Lloyds will play a vital role as Britain recovers from the current crisis.

‘It is a great honour and challenge to take on the role of chair at this time, and I hope to continue Norman and Antonio’s work, initially alongside Antonio, in pursuing Lloyds’ core purpose of Helping Britain Prosper and in building the culture of the bank in order to support that purpose.’


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