Last month, Euromoneyheld its annual Awards for
Excellence dinner in London, presenting our global best bank
award for 2009 to HSBC. Michael Geoghegan, group chief
executive of HSBC Holdings, seized the occasion to deliver the
speech that we reprint below in its entirety. It is a very good
keeps it simple at HSBC
"Ladies and gentlemen, its a
great pleasure to be here and to accept this award on behalf of
the 300,000 staff that work for HSBC in 85 different countries.
We have certainly had an interesting time in our industry. And
when youre classified as
the best bank in the world, the global bank, the
number one brand, et cetera, et cetera, and then, in the next
breath, youre told: Youre too big too
fail, what will happen to you?
"Well, let me tell...