Tesco Bank CEO Champions HR as Key to Sustainable Success

LONDON, June 24, 2016 — Leadership advisory firm Marlin Hawk this week hosted a seminar for senior HR leaders, with guest speaker Benny Higgins, CEO of Tesco Bank, sharing his views on the modern role of the chief HR officer. Delegates represented several industry sectors including retail, FMCG, media and financial services.

In his address, titled ‘Is modern leadership the responsibility of HR?’, Mr Higgins talked about the importance of the relationship between the CEO, CFO and CHRO in managing transformation and creating a sustainable business model and how, within this triumvirate, nothing is more important than the CHRO’s remit in setting and overseeing a progressive people agenda. 

Benny Higgins is currently Chief Executive of Tesco Bank, Group Strategy Director for Tesco PLC and a member of the Tesco Executive Committee. During his career he has held senior positions at a number of leading financial services companies including Standard Life, RBS (where he led the successful integration of NatWest Retail Banking) and HBOS. 

Julian Wolfinden, Associate Partner at Marlin Hawk, said: “Benny made the point that, in driving change, the chief HR officer must focus on delivering effectively against key objectives and not tackling too many initiatives at once. The core skill is to identify strong leaders and future contenders, people who are authentic, innovative, courageous, ambitious and curious. With the right people in place, it is then everyone’s responsibility to create an environment in which leaders can deliver results.”  

About Marlin Hawk

Marlin Hawk is a leadership advisory and executive search firm that delivers the next generation of global business leaders. Covering three broad sectors – Commerce & Industry, Wholesale & Retail Financial Services and Professional Services – the firm focuses on Board, NED, C-suite and senior executives. In addition to Executive Search and Interim Management, services include Market Intelligence & Benchmarking, Partnership Programmes, Talent Mapping & Analysis and Leadership Assessment & Coaching. The emphasis is on insight, discovery, culture matching and business transformation. For more information visit

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