Mark Carney named new Bank of England governor


Mark Carney: "I am very honoured and excited"

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Mark Carney has been named as the new governor of the Bank of England by Chancellor George Osborne.

Mr Carney, the governor of the Canadian central bank, will serve for five years and will hold new regulatory powers over banks.

He was a surprise choice for the head of the UK's central bank and had previously ruled himself out.

The post is seen as one of the most important positions in the stewardship of the UK economy.

Current governor Sir Mervyn King steps down from the post next June.

Sir Mervyn said Mr Carney represented "a new generation of leadership for the Bank of England, and is an outstanding choice to succeed me".

'Critical time'

Mr Osborne told Parliament that Mr Carney, 47, would bring the "strong leadership and external experience the Bank needs" and added that the Canadian would apply for British citizenship.

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Mr Osborne regarded Mr Carney as the central banking equivalent of Sir Alex Ferguson or Pep Guardiola”

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He said Mr Carney was acknowledged as "the outstanding central banker of his generation".

During Mr Carney's five years as governor in Canada, Mr Osborne said he was "acknowledged to have weathered the economic storm better than any other major Western economy".

Mr Carney said he was "honoured to accept this important and demanding role" at a "critical time for the British, European and global economies".

He will serve in his current post until May next year. Mr Carney said he was "not without ties" to the UK - his wife is a dual national of the UK and Canada.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls welcomed the incoming governor as a "good choice, good judgement".

Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, told the BBC that Mr Carney "ticks all the boxes" but added that his committee would question him on matters such as how he will approach macro-prudential stability and what his views on quantitative easing are.

The British Chambers of Commerce said it hoped that the new governor would "focus relentlessly on supporting business growth across the UK - not just in the Square Mile".

The CBI said Mr Carney's "strong track record as the Canadian central bank governor and extensive experience in international financial regulation mean that he is well positioned to guide Britain through challenging economic times".

Mark Carney

  • Educated at Harvard and Oxford
  • Spent 13 years with the investment bank Goldman Sachs
  • Has a British wife
  • Currently serves as chairman of the Financial Stability Board
  • Fluent French speaker
Pay package

The term for a Bank governor is eight years. But the chancellor told Parliament that Mr Carney indicated he intended to serve for five years and to stand down at the end of June 2018.

"Mr Osborne was keen to get his preferred central governor, because Mr Carney was widely perceived to have all the bits: he is admired by monetary economists, regulators and - allegedly - his staff (or to put it another way, he is an unusual economist and central banker, in that he is seen as a half-decent manager)," the BBC's business editor Robert Peston said.

The governor of the Bank chairs the monetary policy committee, which has responsibility for setting interest rates in the UK.

George Osborne: "Mark Carney is acknowledged as the outstanding central banker of his generation"

Following the government's decision to scrap the Financial Services Authority and hand some of its responsibilities to the Bank, the governor will also oversee important regulatory powers as well.

Other candidates for the post included Bank deputy governor Paul Tucker, FSA chairman Lord Turner, Sir John Vickers, who led the government's recent review into breaking up the banks, and Santander bank's UK chairman Lord Burns.

Mr Tucker, who has spent most of his career with the Bank, was seen by many as the favourite for the job.

The BBC understands that Mr Carney will be offered a total pay package of about £624,000 a year.

Sir Mervyn's salary is £305,000 a year, but he receives much more generous pension contributions making his total pay and pension package worth about £519,000.

Mr Osborne also announced the re-appointment of Charlie Bean as Bank of England deputy governor for monetary stability for a further year until the end of June 2014.


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    Comment number 796.

    Clearly a political appointment. Osbourne clearly wanted someone with the same ideology. It was not Carney who meant that Canada was not affected so much by the global slowdown, it was that Canadian banks did not hold toxic debts, no housing bubble as in the US or here even, and loads of natural resources.

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    Comment number 784.

    It may not matter much who is in that seat, but the choice of a non-City man is at least an interesting move. In theory it could actually improve the chances for the big big clean-up that is needed in the British banking sector in order to allow some future for this country.

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    Comment number 768.

    As an ex-pat now living in Canada, I'd say be afraid, be very afraid. Carney is another Alan Greenspan - apparently he can walk on water! He believes that successful companies should spend their cash reserves in times of recession to keep things going - and if that doesn't work, then what? More unemployment, anyone?

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    Comment number 733.

    Yes, it is the best idea to hire the most qualified person for the position, that was done.
    Its unfortunate most of you are bashing this man before he even starts the job. This surely sounds like jealously to me!!
    We in Canada are losing a very qualified Governor of the Bank of Canada.

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    Comment number 722.

    He may as well be a very suitable choice for a gov of the Bank of England. But keep in mind that the general approach and policy of the whole of the Canadian banking industry is caution, regulation and tradition, a long lost attitude in the UK


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