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Toronto-Dominion Bank will begin answering to a higher power.On Monday, the Canadian bank announced that it had hired Lord Gus O’Donnell to as an advisor to CEO Ed Clark. Here’s his bio via TD Bank:
Lord O’Donnell was Cabinet Secretary and Head of the U.K. Civil Service from 2005 to 2011, and served in that role under three British prime ministers. His previous posts include Permanent Secretary at the Treasury; the U.K.’s Executive Director to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank; and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister. He was knighted in 2005.
This is not unusual. Banks hire advisors all of the time.
What’s unusual is his nickname: God.
From the Financial Times Lucy Kellaway:
The first time I met God he commented on my shoes. It was at a party in early 2008, and Gus O’Donnell – or God as the media likes to call him – was proving to be so all-seeing that he could focus both on matters of state and on a pair of apple-green platforms.
The second time I met the cabinet secretary and head of the civil service was at a dinner in June 2010, barely a month into the new coalition government. God was in his favourite outfit – jeans – and was talking with great animation and what seemed to be great indiscretion about his new bosses.
Hopefully for their sake, they don’t take his name in vain.