* Roberts will take up the role in July 2015
* Roberts to retire as Lloyds deputy chairman this month
(Adds comment from Roberts, background)
By Matt Scuffham
LONDON, May 2 Britain's biggest customer-owned
lender Nationwide appointed David Roberts, the current
deputy chairman of Lloyds Banking Group, as its new
chairman from July 2015.
Roberts, who will become a non-executive director of
Nationwide in September, is retiring from his role at Lloyds at
the bank's annual meeting on May 14.
Nationwide, Britain's third biggest provider of mortgage and
savings products, is seeking to challenge the dominance of
Britain's five biggest banks, wooing customers disillusioned by
scandals such as the mis-selling of loan insurance and the
rigging of benchmark interest rates.
"It is an organisation with a strong and well-deserved
reputation for doing the right thing for its members. This fits
well with my personal values," Roberts said on Friday.
Roberts has held a number of senior positions in banking and
finance and was seen by headhunters as a candidate to become
Lloyds chairman following the retirement of Win Bischoff, before
Norman Blackwell was appointed to that role in December.
Roberts has been deputy chairman of Lloyds since 2012 and
was chief executive officer for international retail and
commercial banking at Barclays between 2004 and 2006. He also
ran Austria's second biggest retail bank, BAWAG PSK Gruppe,
between 2007 and 2009.
Roberts will succeed Geoffrey Howe, the former Railtrack
chairman and managing partner of law firm Clifford Chance, who
has been Nationwide chairman since July 2007.
(Reporting by Matt Scuffham; Editing by Steve Slater and Elaine