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RBS chairman leaves role weeks after his ‘bored at work’ Snapchat messages were discovered on his daughter's Instagram account

By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

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March 31, 2015 | 2 min read

RBS chairman Rory Cullinan is to leave the bank just weeks after a national newspaper discovered his daughter posted images of him declaring how "bored" he is at work.

Cullinan used expiring image messaging app Snapchat to send his daughter a slew of selfies declaring he was: “Not a fan of board meetings xx”, “Boring meeting xx” and “Another friggin meeting”.

The chairman's 18-year-old daughter Bridget however took screenshots and posted the images on Instagram last Father's Day in a post reading: "Happy Father’s Day to the indisputable king of Snapchat" - the Sun broke the story earlier this month.

Cullinan will not be the first person to fall victim to the Snapchat screengrab which ensured his messages live long after the set expiry date.

In the weeks following the news breaking in the national press, RBS announced that Cullinan will be leaving the company with immediate effect.

Ross McEwan, RBS chief executive, said: "We would like to express our thanks to Rory for his very significant contribution to the rebuild of RBS over the past six years.

"He has built and led APS, Non-Core, RCR and recently completed the very successful follow-on sale of Citizens post its IPO last year. We wish him every success in the future."

Rory Cullinan, added: "I am pleased and proud to have played a significant part in restoring RBS to a safe and sound agenda over the past six years.

"I wish all my colleagues continued success."

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