Skipton Building Society appoints HSBC CEO as group chief exec

Stuart Haire has been named new group chief executive at Skipton Building Society.

Subject to regulatory approval, Haire will join the society at the end of the year. He is currently the CEO of Wealth and Personal Banking at HSBC UK.

In a career spanning over 20 years he has held executive leadership roles across a variety of functions within financial services.

From working at RBS as director of financial strategy and analysis, and later its chief risk officer, through to being HSBC’s head of customer value management accountable for customer, commercial and risk targets across HSBC UK, First Direct and John Lewis Financial Services.

His career incorporates a strong blend of strategy, marketing, risk and business leadership across different financial services channels and functions.

Ian Cornelius, Skipton’s interim group chief executive will remain in role until 31 December.

Gwyn Burr, chair of Skipton Building Society, said: “Stuart will be joining us in our 170th year and his leadership and vision is exactly what we need for the next chapter of our long and proud history.

“And I’d like to thank Ian Cornelius for his first-rate stewardship of the business over the past few months and through to the end of the year.

“Stuart will be joining Skipton, a financially strong and well run mutual, and the parent organisation to a significant group which includes the UK’s largest estate agency Connells.”

Haire added: “I am hugely excited and humbled to take on this role at a very important time for the society. Skipton contains a fabulous group of businesses and a proud mutual status.

“My job will be to continue the work to modernise the businesses and make it even more relevant for existing and new members as they consider their longer-term financial needs and aspirations.

“I’m very much looking forward to joining the society, meeting the teams, and leading the Group through this exciting new phase.”