Chief Executive, UK Corporate
Chris Sullivan was appointed Chief Executive of Corporate Banking Division in August 2009 which not only provides relationship management to SME and corporate customers in the UK but also manages Lombard, one of the UK's largest asset finance companies, RBS Invoice Finance, the largest provider of invoice finance solutions in the UK, and Transaction Services, the largest domestic Cash Management bank in the UK.
Chris' previous role was as Chief Executive of RBS Insurance (now Direct Line Group), which is number one in the UK for both home and motor policies. The division is made up of several well-known brands including Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege. Prior to this, Chris was Chief Executive of Retail Direct, Deputy Chief Executive of Retail Markets and Chief Executive of Lombard where he developed the business to a leadership position in the UK and Europe.
Chris had originally joined Lombard from school in 1975 and after initially working in a number of sales and sales management roles he was appointed head of Group Training and Development in 1991. The role reflected his sustained interest in leadership and management development and initiated his close working relationship with Professor Harry Schroder (Princeton). From there, his proven track record in growing businesses led to his appointment in 1993 as National Sales Director for Lombard Business Finance, moving on to become Managing Director and the aforementioned Chief Executive of Lombard.
Chris was recently recognised as the 2011 European Diversity Champion of the Year for the outstanding work he has done, championing equality, diversity and inclusion across the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Chris is Governor of both Ashridge College and the ifs School of Finance, Governor and Patron of The Leasing Foundation, Chairman of both the Global Banking Alliance and The Inter-Alpha Group of Banks and a member of both the Westminster Abbey Investment Committee and CBI Presidents Committee.
FCIBS - Chris Sullivan earned his Fellowship of Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland for his services to Scottish Banking in various roles throughout his career.