Rob Taylor is Head of Investment Management Department at the Financial Conduct Authority. He’s a former Chief Executive of Kleinwort Benson Bank, the London based merchant and private client banking group.
Currently, Rob is an investor and director of companies involved in virtual data storage, online therapies, and multi-media publishing and digital gaming technology. He also led a group of analysts in 2011 seeking to buy into financial services companies. He’s an occasional blogger on corporate governance related issues for the Guardian online.
Rob has worked for American, French, German and British financial services companies for more than 20 years. He’s worked in the United States, Germany and Britain and has had responsibility for product distribution throughout Europe and the Middle East. He’s also sat on the boards as both executive and non-executive director of financial services related businesses in London and Dubai.
Rob’s held senior management positions as an executive committee member for more than 13 years of his career. His management career has centred on the development and execution of business, marketing and brand strategies in private banking and asset management businesses.
As Chief Executive Officer of Kleinwort Benson, Rob re-launched the Kleinwort Benson brand as a UK private bank, restructuring it to boost income and improve the service proposition. Overall revenues soared by about 30% and costs remained steady. Following the credit crunch and subsequent recession, Rob led a further restructuring of the bank and also worked with the board of the bank and the regulators to ensure Kleinwort Benson met its liquidity and capital stress testing reviews.
In 2009, the then shareholder announced the bank’s sale and Rob led the business through the process and change-of-control. Rob’s management team, backed by private equity, was one of the bidding groups for Kleinwort Benson. Prior to the new shareholder taking control of the business, he secured a Moodys credit rating for the standalone bank.
Rob began his career working in American politics and as a financial journalist in New York. He delivers talks at financial services conferences and is an outspoken supporter of LGBT career opportunities in the City.