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RBS appoints Elaine Arden as group head of HR

Elaine Arden has been appointed group head of HR at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

Arden is currently HR head for RBS Business Services, the Bank’s largest division with over 43,000 staff worldwide.  

Stephen Hester, group chief executive said:  "There are few more vital areas to RBS’ future than helping us attract, retain, motivate and engage people.  In Elaine I believe we are promoting a strong and talented leader for a function that is critical to the future success of RBS."

Her appointment follows a four-month global search that attracted a "significant number" of external candidates led by KornFerry Whitehead Mann.

Arden joined the RBS graduate programme in 1990.  Following a period with Clydesdale Bank as head of employee relations she returned to RBS in 1998 where she has held a number of senior HR roles across a broad cross section of the Group’s activities, including insurance, asset finance, technology, and credit cards.  In her current position, as HR Head of Business Services, she is responsible for the Group’s largest division employing people in over 45 countries.

She will succeed Neil Roden, who announced earlier this year that he was stepping down after 10 years in the role. Elaine will take up her new position from 1 October. See Roden’s last interview with HR magazine in the October issue due to hit desks next week.