Lord Levene started his career in the Defense Industry, and subsequently was appointed as Permanent Secretary in the UK Ministry of Defense responsible for Defense Procurement. He then served in a number of other Government posts including as Adviser to The Prime Minister on Efficiency.
Prior to joining Starr, Lord Levene was appointed as Chairman of the Docklands Light Railway and Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Ltd. He has served as an Alderman of the City of London as well as Sheriff and Lord Mayor. In the Financial Services Sector he became Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank in the UK with earlier appointments at Wasserstein Perella and Morgan Stanley. More recently he served as Chairman of the Lloyd’s insurance market for nine years and as a director of the China Construction Bank for six years. Currently he serves as Chairman of General Dynamics UK Ltd, and on the boards of Haymarket Group Ltd and Eurotunnel SA.
He holds degrees in Economics and Politics from the University of Manchester as well as honorary degrees from the City University and the University of London. He was knighted for his services to Defense and subsequently received a peerage whereby he sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords. He is a Commander of the Ordre Nationale de la Merite in France, a Knight Commander of the Order of Merit in Germany, and of the Order of Merit in Hungary.