Ronald Grierson

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Sir Ronald Hugh Grierson (6 August 1921 – 23 October 2014) was a German-born British banker, businessman, government advisor, and British Army officer. After service in the Black Watch, attached to the Special Air Service and mentioned in dispatches, during World War II,[1] he became a lieutenant-colonel in the post-war SAS.[2] He was managing director of S.G. Warburg, an investment bank, from 1948 to 1985, and Vice-Chairman of General Electric Company plc, an industrial conglomerate, from 1968 to 1996.[3] From 1972 to 1974, he was Director-General for Industry at the European Commission.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Grierson was born Rolf Hans Griessmann in Nuremberg, Germany, on 6 August 1921.,[2] the son of Ernest Griessmann. After early schooling in Nuremberg and Paris he was educated at Highgate School from 1935 to 1939 and at Balliol College, Oxford.[1]


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  3. ^ "Sir Ronald Grierson". Who we are. Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Archived from the original on 30 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Sir Ronald Grierson". Contributors. World Economic Forum. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Sir Ronald Grierson – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.