Hinckley & Rugby Building Society’s newly retired chief executive Chris White has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Leicester Mercury.
Chris, who stood down in December after 30 years at Hinckley & Rugby, was surprised with the special award at the Leicester Mercury Business Executive of the Year Awards.
Only the eighth chief executive in the Hinckley & Rugby’s 153 years, Chris joined Hinckley & Rugby in 1989 and became financial director in 1993 before being appointed chief executive in 2007. Chris was with his wife
Lindsey at last week’s ceremony at the King Power Stadium. Presenting the award, Jane Morris, corporate banking manager at Handelsbanken, said:
“Our winner took on the role of chief executive just before the onset of the credit crunch – a tumultuous time and it hit nowhere harder than in financial services.
“To steer this business through troubling times, when others were crashing and merging, and to lead it onwards into successive years of growth and profitability is a substantial achievement.
“It was not, like the major banks, too big to fail. It was then – and is today – too important to its customers not to survive.”
“It was a great honour to receive the award. My successes wouldn’t have been possible without the skills and dedication of the many staff that I have had the pleasure to work with and the award is a tribute
to them as much as me.
“I have enjoyed every minute of my three decades at the Society. It has been a pleasure to work in an organisation that genuinely puts the interests of its customers first.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the wonderful colleagues, past and present, whom I have had the pleasure of working with. I’m leaving with many great memories and confident my successor will ensure the
Society continues to go from strength to strength.”
Hinckley & Rugby chairman Colin Franklin said:
“Chris is an exceptional chief executive and the Society has been very fortunate to have him at the helm.
“Not only did he skilfully steer Hinckley & Rugby through the difficult years of the credit crisis but throughout he remained true to the ethos of building societies, always putting the interest of members first.
“In that, and in many more ways, Chris has exemplified the mutual way whilst enthusing colleagues with his leadership. Staff and directors alike have been encouraged by him to always aim high. Our very best wishes
for a long and happy retirement.”
Before retiring, Chris handed over the reins to the Society’s new chief executive, Colin Fyfe, who joined from Darlington Building Society.