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Sir Howard Davies

Former director, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Sir Howard DaviesSir Howard Davies

Sir Howard Davies served as director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (2003–11). Prior to this he was chairman of the Financial Services Authority, served for two years as deputy governor of the Bank of England, and spent three years as director general of the Confederation of British Industry. From 1987 to 1992 he was controller of the Audit Commission. From 1982 to 1987 he worked for McKinsey & Company in London, and in 1985–86 was seconded to the Treasury as special adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Articles by this Author

  • Basel III: Uncharted Territory
    by Sir Howard Davies
    This article was first published in Quantum magazine.If you believe the central bankers and regulators from the G20 countries who make up the Basel committee, now in conclave working out the final details of Basel III, it will be a prudent but well-judged package that judiciously balances conflicting objectives.The committee accepts that its main stipulation—requiring banks to hold higher reserves—will have some economic impact. The cost of...
  • This Time It’s Serious: Shareholders and Executive Remuneration
    by Sir Howard Davies
    This article was first published in Quantum magazine.Shareholders, influenced by changing social and political attitudes to high rewards, are finally making their voices heard in protest, and chiefs of previously invulnerable institutions are feeling the heat.
  • Mend the Balance Sheet
    by Sir Howard Davies
    This is a remarkably challenging time to be a chief financial officer (CFO). All the comfortable assumptions of the last decade or more have been overturned in a very short time; the credit crunch is rapidly rewriting the rules of the game.For years, banks have been almost embarrassingly keen to lend. That has been particularly true in the case of lending to individuals. We have all received credit card cheques through the mail, and regular...

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