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Standard Chartered Private Bank has announced the appointment of Grant Parkinson as Regional Head, Private Banking, Europe, Africa and Middle East and subject to regulatory approval.

Grant brings with him many years of private banking experience to Standard Chartered. As Chief Operating Officer at Coutts from 2013 to 2017, Grant’s responsibilities were predominantly client-focused, including developing new client propositions and opening of a booking centre.

Most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Brewin Dolphin, one of the UK’s leading wealth managers, he focused more on the firm’s digital solutions and developing technology solutions for client-facing colleagues. Earlier in his career, Grant also worked at Barclays and McKinsey.

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Grant, who is based in London and reports to Didier von Daeniken, Global Head, Private Banking said: “I am delighted to join Standard Chartered to lead Private Banking across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Standard Chartered is a firm I have long admired and I look forward to working with the leadership team to continue growing the business while delivering the highest standards of client service.”

Steve Atkinson, currently Regional Head, Private Banking West, is stepping down from his role and will be leaving after three decades with Standard Chartered. Steve’s illustrious career with the Bank has seen him working across many areas and countries, including leadership positions in Commercial, Corporate and Institutional Banking, Finance, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs.

During his time with the Private Bank, Steve led the business through a considerable period of transformation and laid the foundations for the business to grow. He will be working closely with Grant to ensure a smooth leadership transition over the next few weeks. Steve’s last day with the Bank is on 2 December 2020.

The Private Bank’s franchise in the West is an important part of its global Private Banking business, complementing its franchise in Asia to cater to the needs of a global client base. We look forward to Grant leading the business into its next phase of growth.