Chris Grigg

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Chris Grigg
Born Christopher Montague Grigg
(1959-07-06) 6 July 1959 (age 55)
near Southampton, Hampshire, England[1]
Residence Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1981–present
Salary £1,899,652
Title Businessman, currently Chief Executive of British Land Company plc
Term 2009–present
Predecessor Stephen Hester
Successor Incumbent
Children 5[1]

Christopher Montague Grigg (born 6 July 1959)[1] is a British businessman, currently Chief Executive of The British Land Company plc, a British property development and investment company.

Early life[edit]

Grigg was educated at King Edward VI School, Southampton (where he was in Lawrence House),[1] and graduated from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge with a first in Economics.[2]

He grew up in Hampshire, with two younger brothers, one an advertising executive, the other a vicar.[3]

Career[edit]

Grigg joined Morgan Grenfell as a graduate trainee in 1981.[1] He joined Goldman Sachs in 1985, rising to Partner, before he left in 2005 to become Treasurer of Barclays Bank, and Chief Executive of Barclays Commercial Bank from 1 February 2007 to November 2008. Grigg joined British Land as Chief Executive on 12 January 2009.[2]

There has been some criticism of his decision to sell 50% of British Land's City of London Broadgate development to Blackstone Group, as well as 50% of the Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield. Grigg has stated his belief that this was the right decision in the longer term: "We aspire to outperform the market. It's kind of hard to do that if your two largest assets have been underperformers."[4]

In January 2012, he said that the City of London’s skyline needs to become more like Manhattan to attract companies to the capital, and that office spaces need to be larger and more flexible.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Grigg is married and lives in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, with his wife and five children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Christal clear". Building.co.uk. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Business Week". Bloomberg. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "City Interview: British Land's Chris Grigg". This Is Money, Associated Newspapers. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chris Grigg: No regrets for the man who sold part of Broadgate". The Telegraph. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Meccano-set towers: how London offices are evolving". City A.M. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.