John Patrick Hourican is an Irish banker, chief executive officer of the Bank of Cyprus, the country"s largest bank, and a component of the FTSE/Athex 20 index, since October 2013.
Hourican was born in Dublin, and has two brothers and three sisters.
Hourican graduated with a degree in Economics and Sociology from the National University of Ireland and a postgraduate diploma in Accounting from Dublin City University.
Hourican started his career with Price Waterhouse, initially in Dublin, and later in London and Hong Kong. Hourican was chief executive of Markets and International Banking for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc until 28 February 2013. Hourican quit to "demonstrate responsibility", following RBS"s £390 million fine for its involvement in the Libor scandal, although he was not personally implicated.
The Independent noted that Hourican "fell on his sword" and that "the City wondered if he could recover his career", but added "it had never been alleged that the head of RBS"s investment bank knew about the collusion".
They also noted that by comparison with RBS, "fixing" Bank of Cyprus would be "straightforward". In an interview, he gave himself three to five years to rescue the bank.
On 21 April 2015, it was announced that Hourican had resigned for "personal reasons", and would work his four-month notice period. He later decided to extended his contract until February 2018.