Sir Ronald Grierson
Sir Ronald Grierson (1921-2014) was a banker and industrialist and had on several occasions held full-time appointments in government. His principal business posts were Managing Director of S.G.
Warburg (1948-1985) and Vice-Chairman of The General Electric Company (1968-1996). His main public appointments (other than service in HM Forces from 1940-1952) were Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of the UK Industrial Reorganisation Corporation and Director-General for Industry and Technology of the European Commission in Brussels. At various times he also served on the boards of Chrysler Corporation, R.J. Reynolds Nabisco, W.R. Grace & Co., British Aircraft Corporation (now BAE Systems) and International Computers Ltd.
He continued to serve on boards and advisory boards in Europe (chiefly Blackstone Group) and the USA and was chairman of several international philanthropic bodies in the fields of medicine, education and music. From 1984-1990 he was executive chairman of the South Bank Centre, London’s principal arts complex; he was also a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts.