Welcome to our new CEO

posted 15 Jun 2021 2 mins

The bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Brightmore-Armour as its Chief Executive Officer.

Diana joined C. Hoare & Co. as a director in January 2020 and has some 30 years’ international experience in banking and corporate finance. Her most recent executive position was CEO (UK and Europe) for the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ). Before that, she served as CEO of Corporate Banking at Lloyds Banking Group and held a range of senior finance and treasury roles at The Coca-Cola Company. A seasoned FTSE board member, she also serves as the senior independent non-executive director of The Berkeley Group Holdings plc.

Alexander Hoare, partner, said: “We are delighted to welcome Diana as our CEO. Her energy, vision, and integrity chimes exactly with the values of the bank and the Hoare family, while her proven expertise and leadership makes her the ideal person to take the bank forward. We are a 349-year old bank with one eye always on the future. Diana is well placed to ensure we continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers and inspire our people and I know she will respect the tradition of care and deep personal relationships that underpins our business.”

Venetia Hoare, who became the bank’s first female partner in 1996, added: “Appointing a woman as our new CEO is another landmark in C. Hoare & Co.’s long history. I am looking forward to working with Diana and she is the right person to lead the bank.”

Diana Brightmore-Armour said: “C. Hoare & Co. holds a unique place in British banking, with a history of pioneering initiatives, and I am delighted to be part of the next chapter. Since joining the Board, chaired by Lord Macpherson, I have been impressed by the clear sense of purpose shared by the partners and my colleagues at the bank and their absolute commitment to putting the customer first in all their decisions. I am proud to be the first woman to take up the role of CEO and look forward to engaging with our customers, our people and our partners to ensure the continued success of this remarkable institution.”