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Did the FSA block a shareholder move to fire Sir Fred Goodwin?

The Times newspaper has today revealed details of what it claims is evidence that the FSA (the Financial Services Authority) effectively blocked a move by major shareholders in the Royal Bank of Scotland to have Sir Fred Goodwin removed from the board in April 2008. Those who have been following the Royal Bank of Scotland story will be aware that Sir Fred Goodwin received a pension which is rumoured to be in excess of £16 million (equating to around £700,000 a year) when he left the Group towards the end of 2008.

The unnamed sources in the financial markets are suggesting that major shareholders attempted to re-write the companies re-election rules which saw directors come up for renewal every three years. There had been a move in the offing to change this to annual but apparently this never reached the light of day due to the FSA allegedly intervening.

The suggestion is that the FSA intervened so as not to rock the boat with regards to the financial sector and cause further confusion at what was a difficult time for the industry. There are merits in both arguments but ultimately the move never went through and Sir Fred Goodwin received his pension which was apparently signed off by a representative of the UK government.

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