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Sir George Ross Mathewson
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

Sir George Mathewson was born and educated in Scotland (BSc, PhD, St Andrews University) and has a wide background in finance, technology and management. He joined The Royal Bank of Scotland Group in 1987 as Director of Strategic Planning and Development and in 1990 was appointed Deputy Group Chief Executive. In January 1992 he was appointed Group Chief Executive and, following the acquisition of NatWest, Sir George was appointed Executive Deputy Chairman in March 2000. In April 2001 Sir George was appointed Chairman of the Group.

He is also a Director of Santander Central Hispano, Scottish Investment Trust plc and Institute of International Finance Inc. In April 2002 he became President of the British Bankers’ Association. From 1981-87 Sir George was Chief Executive of the Scottish Development Agency, widely recognised for achievements in economic development and from 1972-81 he was with ICFC (now 3i), the leading UK development capital organisation. Prior to 1972, and after a period in academic life, he spent 5 years in the United States as a professional engineer with Bell Aerospace during which time he graduated MBA. In the Corporate Elite Awards 1999 Sir George was selected as the Chief Executive of the year and he was the Corporate Elite Leader of the Year 2000. In November 2002 Sir George was selected from a strong field of UK candidates to become the first Scot to be awarded the Transatlantic Business Award.