HSBC shakes up top team

HSBC’S UK boss Brian Robertson yesterday announced his retirement to take on non-executive roles. After 38 years at the bank, Robertson will hand over to his replacement Alan Keir from October. In the New Year Robertson will take on his new role as chairman of the group’s Latin American operations and as director of the North American holding firm. Keir has been global head of commercial banking since 2011 and has been at the bank since 1981. Meanwhile Simon Cooper will become chief of global commercial banking, succeeding Keir. Cooper and private banking head Peter Boyles are joining the executive committee as managing directors of the bank.