Anthony Browne is stepping down as head of the British Bankers’ Association.
The chief executive will leave his position this summer when the BBA merges with five other trade associations to become UK Finance.
Browne, who has held the position since the summer of 2012, said: “I was appointed as chief executive of the BBA two weeks before the Libor scandal broke, and joined the organisation at a time of crisis. The chairman of the BBA who appointed me resigned before I even started.
Five years later, I am proud to leave the BBA in robust good health, with membership at record levels, record and growing income, top class staff who are recognised experts in their fields, our domestic and international reputation enhanced, and industry-leading work programmes on a range of issues from digital banking to Brexit.
I am proud to have played my part in helping rebuild confidence in Britain’s leading industry, and ensuring it works in the national interest.
BBA chair Noreen Doyle said the board was “sad to see Anthony go”. She added: “Over the past five years, he has done an excellent job being the voice of banking, providing thought leadership, driving efforts to implement reforms of the industry, rebuilding trust and confidence.
“He has enhanced the reputation of the BBA, helping ensure it truly represents the full spectrum of the industry, and has helped ensure banks are more customer focused.
“He has played a fundamental role in the wake of last year’s referendum, being at the heart of the industry’s Brexit deliberations. He has been an energetic force for good in banking, and will be missed by all.”