Richard Holmes

Shareholder Director (Standard Chartered)

Richard Holmes is CEO Europe, Standard Chartered Bank, a position he has held since 2008.  Prior to this, Richard was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Bank Ltd., American Express Company’s international banking subsidiary, based in New York.

In this position Richard was responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the Bank.  He was elected President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2000 and Chairman in May 2005. Richard joined American Express in 1996 as Managing Director and Head of Worldwide Private Banking, leading the unit through a period of significant expansion.

Richard has more than 30 years experience across a wide range of functions in international banking, having served in finance, operations and financial market positions at Wells Fargo Bank from 1980 to 1987 and at Bank of America from 1987 to 1996 in executive positions in the World Banking Group and Latin America Divisions. From 1993 to 1996 he was an Executive Vice President and Head of Bank of America’s Private Bank.

Richard began his professional career with the accountancy firm Peat, Marwick & Mitchell in 1974.  He holds an M.A. and B.A. in Economics from St John’s College, Cambridge University and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Richard is the Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry’s Financial Services’ Council, sits on the Board of Trustees for Asia House and is a member of the Board of Directors of BritishAmerican Business.