Barclays has announced that Antony Jenkins has been appointed as a Director and as Group Chief Executive of Barclays with immediate effect.
Jenkins currently leads Barclays Retail and Business Banking (RBB) business. He has been a member of the Group Executive Committee of Barclays since 2009. His role as CEO for RBB includes responsibility for retail banking in Barclays Africa and Absa and he also represents Barclays as a non executive Director on the Board of Absa Group Limited and Absa Bank Limited.
Marcus Agius, Barclays Chairman, said: 'The Board ensured that the process to select the new Chief Executive was both rigorous and thorough. Antony stood out among a very competitive field of internal and external candidates because of his excellent track record transforming Barclaycard and Retail and Business Banking; his intimate knowledge of Barclays portfolio garnered over three years on the Group Executive Committee; his role in the development of the bank’s strategy; and his future vision for Barclays and plan to realise it. Antony's appointment has the support of all the Directors; we are confident that, supported by the Board and the Executive Committee, he will work quickly to take the Group forward. With the appointment of Sir David Walker to succeed me as Chairman in November, and of Antony as Chief Executive today, I am pleased that the new leadership of the bank is settled'.
Sir David Walker, Barclays Chairman-elect, said: 'My first priority since my appointment has been to support the Board's search for a new Chief Executive. The field of short-listed candidates that I met was very strong, and it was clear that Antony was the outstanding choice. His track record, familiarity with the Group and vision for the future are all highly compelling. I look forward to working with him closely to make that vision a reality'.
Antony Jenkins, Barclays Group Chief Executive, said: 'I am very proud to have been asked to lead Barclays, where I began my career nearly 30 years ago. Barclays is a strong universal bank, with many assets, including market leading businesses; talented and engaged staff; and long-standing clients and customers. But we have made serious mistakes in recent years and clearly failed to keep pace with our stakeholders' expectations. We have an obligation to all of those stakeholders – customers, clients, shareholders, colleagues and broader society – and a unique opportunity to restore Barclays reputation by making it the 'go to' bank in all of our chosen markets. That journey will take time, we have much to do, and I look forward to getting started immediately'.