Tesco Bank appoints HSBC’s Pitt to lead marketing

Tesco Bank has appointed HSBC marketer Chris Pitt to the role of director of marketing as it looks to expand its financial services offering.

Pitt will join later this month and will report to Tesco Bank chief executive Benny Higgins.

He will work with David McCreadie, commercial director for banking at Tesco and Julie Hopes, commercial director for general insurance, and will be responsible for developing marketing strategy.

He is currently HSBC’s head of marketing and customer propositions, personal financial services Europe. Prior to this, he held several senior marketing positions including UK head of marketing and head of direct marketing.

Tesco Bank is currently hiring thousands of staff in Glasgow and Newcastle to service the planned increase in customer numbers.   

It is also looking to widen its product portfolio and open more in-supermarket branches.

The acquired RBS’ 50% stake in its financial services offering following the appointment of Benny Higgins as chief executive in 2008.

Pitt’s appointment follows the departure of commercial and marketing director Paulette Rowe in July last year after only seven months in the job.

Rowe had joined in December 2008 from the RBS Group where she was chief executive of European consumer finance. Prior to RBS, she was managing director of retail at NatWest. She joined RBS Group in November 2001 from GE in the US as brand director for RBS’ NatWest bank.

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