CEO, RSA Insurance
Stephen Hester became Chief Executive Officer of RSA Insurange Group in February 2014 having been CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group previously. Before joining RBS Stephen was Chief Executive of The British Land Company. He joined British Land in 2004 from Abbey National plc where he was Chief Operating Officer, having joined as Chief Financial Officer in May 2002.
For the previous 19 years he was at Credit Suisse First Boston, rising through various appointments to become Co-head of European M&A and Investment Banking, then Chief Financial Officer and then Global Head of the Fixed Income Division based in both New York and London.
In February 2008, he was appointed Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of Northern Rock Plc by the UK Treasury on its nationalisation, a position he relinquished in October 2008.
Stephen has a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He is also a trustee of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Foundation.