Described as ‘one of the biggest prizes at Octoberâ€™s City A.M. awards’, the Personality of the Year nominees have, according to City A.M., ‘showed their mettle over the past 12 months’.
The paper has this to say about Bozza’s nomination:
“Goodness knows, the City has needed a cheerleader in the corridors of power over the past couple of years. And just when he was called for, there he was â€“ mop of blond hair flying, and bicycle shining. When all around him were calling for bankerâ€™s heads, Boris Johnson had the gumption to stick up for the capitalâ€™s engine-room, calling FSA head Adair Turnerâ€™s proposals for punitive taxes on the financial services ‘crackers’. At the start of the year he went to Brussels and spoke passionately against regulation that could have strangled hedge funds and private equity. At Davos, he told the worldâ€™s business elite that Londonâ€™s free-market ethos trumps the Swiss quality of life any day.
“When bankers were public enemy number one, he risked unpopularity among the electorate â€“ and the more populist wing of his own party â€“ to stick up for them. In the face of opposition, he did what he thought was right. Bravo to that.”
Scrapping with the Mayor for the prestigious award are Bob Diamond, President of Barclays Capital; Paul Pindar, CEO of Capita; Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways and Angela Knight, CEO of the British Bankers’ Association.
City A.M. say, “All five have shown nerve and toughness, and have contributed to keeping the City as the worldâ€™s financial centre. Long may they continue to do so.”