She takes up the newly created post at the FTSE 100 bank on 10 July, reporting to policy director Tina Claridge.
Currently Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, HBOS is keen to minimise the regulatory hurdles for it to operate and market services in EU member states.
Owens joined the BCC in 2003 from fellow business lobby group the CBI, where she spent five years as a senior policy adviser. At the CBI, she worked both in the employment directorate as speechwriter to director-general Digby Jones, and in the pay and pensions directorate. Prior to that she worked for Conservative MEP Giles Chichester.
HBOS’s outgoing CEO, James Crosby, hands over the reins at the end of July to chief operating officer Andy Hornby. At 39, he is poised to become the youngest CEO among the top 30 stock-market-listed companies.