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Bob Smoker steps down from Brown Shipley after nearly 40 years

by Elsa Buchanan on Apr 17, 2014 at 07:01

Bob Smoker steps down from Brown Shipley after nearly 40 years

Veteran Brown Shipley's executive director, Bob Smoker, is leaving the firm after 37 years of service.

Having joined the private bank in 1977, the former Wealth Manager cover star served in a wide variety of different roles, including 12 years as a member of the board.

His role will be overseen by former Sanlam CEO Hugh Titcomb, who heads the group's private banking division.

Smoker (pictured) said in a statement: 'I am immensely proud to have been involved with Brown Shipley for such a long time and wish the business well as it continues its development into the future.

'As to next steps, 37 years is a long time by any measure and my immediate plan is to take a break – thereafter, I will see what opportunities arise, either within the banking sector or outside.'

Alan Dickinson, Brown Shipley’s Chairman, added: 'It is a rare achievement in the City these days for a member of staff to complete such long service with one organisation.

'On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Bob for his significant contribution. I am sure he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do in the future.”

Smoker stepped down from the Brown Shipley board after a shake-up saw it appoint Titcomb to head the firm’s private banking division. At the time, chief operating officer Robert Kitchen also stepped down from the board.

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