Alderman Alan Yarrow took office as the 687th Lord Mayor of the City of London on Friday 7th November. He was born in Malaysia and educated at Harrow before joining Grieveson Grant, stockbrokers in 1972 and being elected a member of the Stock Exchange in 1978.
He studied International Corporate Finance at Manchester Business School 1981 and on his return was made a partner of his firm the same year. Following the merger of Grieveson Grant and Kleinwort Benson, Alan became Head of UK Institutional Sales in 1989, Head of Global Distribution in 1992, and Managing Director of Kleinwort Benson Securities in 1994. He was appointed to the Kleinwort Benson Group Board in 1995.
Alan left Dresdner Kleinwort in December 2009, after 37 years with the group, latterly as Group Vice Chairman and Chairman of the UK Bank. On Kleinwort Benson's merger with RHJI, Alan was appointed Chairman of the Kleinwort Benson Holdings Board until recently stepping down to become Senior Advisor to the Group.
Alderman Yarrow is currently Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and is also a Non-executive Director of Turquoise Global Holdings Limited (subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange) and Fixnetix Limited (low latency data communications). He is also a Trustee of the Police Foundation.
He has served as Chairman of the London Investment Banking Association, a member of the Take-over Panel, Vice-Chairman of the Financial Services Authority Practitioner Panel, and Vice President of the British Bankers' Association.