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From Rolls to Rothschild

Sir John Rose, former Rolls-Royce boss and Britain’s most lauded industrialist of the past decade, is off to join a bank

So much for the march of the makers, as George Osborne put it. Sir John Rose, former Rolls-Royce boss and Britain’s most lauded industrialist of the past decade, is off to join a bank. He is to be deputy chairman of Rothschild, his first posting since leaving the engine maker.Rothschild, of course, is not any old bank. As Sir John said, it’s one that takes a “long-term view”, just as Rolls did. And maybe it’s a useful thing that a senior industrialist will be able to offer advice on long-term investment to an array of Rothschild clients from the other side of the fence. All the same, it feels disappointing that no UK manufacturer has been able to bag Sir John’s services as a non-executive chairman. Then again, it’s hard to name obvious candidates big enough, which is the real shame.

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