Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson to leave Shawbrook

Shawbrook has announced that Stephen Johnson (pictured above) will be stepping down from its board and relinquishing his roles as deputy CEO, executive director of the Shawbrook Group and managing director of property finance.

The specialist bank said Stephen would be leaving the company on 30th April 2018.

Shawbrook also announced that Karen Bennett and Jeremy Law would be joining the executive committee as managing director of commercial property finance and managing director of residential finance respectively.

Ian Cowie, managing director of business finance, will take responsibility for development finance.

"Stephen has been an integral part of Shawbrook since inception and has made a significant contribution during that time, helping to build a bank that now has assets of over £5bn; the recent change of ownership has created an opportunity for Stephen to take some time out with his family and we wish him all the very best for the future,” said Steve Pateman, CEO of Shawbrook.

“We are fortunate to have strong successors in place: Karen Bennett has been with Shawbrook since 2004 and has led our commercial property business for the last two years, while Jeremy Law has four years of experience in residential mortgages from his time at the Post Office."

Iain Cornish, chairman of Shawbrook, added: "The board would like to thank Stephen for the important contribution he has made over the last 15 years and in particular during the IPO in April 2015. 

“We wish him and his family well."

Stephen said that Shawbrook had played a huge part in his professional life, but felt the change of ownership presented an opportunity to pass the leadership of the property business to a new generation.

“I appreciate the support that I have had from the board in making this difficult decision and I am sure Karen, Jeremy and Ian will continue to provide the perceptive and thoughtful underwriting and great customer service that have been the hallmarks of the business over the last few years and I wish them all well."

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