Interview with the RBS finance chief - Bruce van Saun

I recently met with the finance chief of Royal Bank of Scotland for Financial Director magazine. In his first public interview, and just before the ructions over Stephen Hester's bonus, Bruce van Saun spoke about his work in helping turnaround the bank, the progress made so far and the constant withering criticism faced by the board.

What surprised me was how much he seemed to have accepted that he was working in the public good. Also how much he relished the chance to work in such a stricken institution. Not sure I would have been so bold. That perhaps says more about me than it does about van Saun. Ironically, he was also surprisingly content with the separation between the bank's management and the government on the running of RBS. That may have changed since the Hester bonus furore, though he hasn't told me it has. Anyway, click here for the full interview. And let me know what you think.


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