Big Management Changes At Barclays

Barclays has announced changes senior management within Corporate and Investment Banking, Wealth and Investment Management, and Barclays’ business in the Americas .

They follow on from the elimination of the global Retail and Business Banking layer in late 2012, and the integration plans in hand to bring together Barclays Africa and Absa in 2013.

The changes will also mean the promotion of new talent to the Executive Committee of Barclays.

Details are as follows:

Corporate and Investment Banking

Eric Bommensath and Tom King are appointed Co-Chief Executives of Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) with effect from 1 May 2013

Bommensath and King take on these roles in addition to maintaining their current responsibilities as, respectively, Head of Markets and Head of Investment Banking Division

Bommensath and King will join the Barclays Executive Committee on appointment and report to Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins

They will share accountability for the leadership and overall performance of CIB, and ownership of the vision and strategy for this part of Barclays’ business

CIB will be structured around client-focused product sets, in keeping with the strategic growth plan for the Investment Bank published on 12 February. King will have specific responsibility for the Banking[1] segment, while Bommensath will oversee the Markets segment.

Rich Ricci, currently Chief Executive of CIB, has decided to retire from Barclays on 30 June 2013, by which time he will have helped to support the establishment of the new leadership team. He will step down from the bank’s Executive Committee on 30 April 2013.

Wealth and Investment Management

Barclays is at an advanced stage in the implementation of Project Gamma and the build out of the wealth platform. This creates an obvious inflection point in the development of the Wealth and Investment Management (WIM) business

The priority going forward will be on working closely with Retail and Business Banking (RBB) and CIB to provide a seamless service to clients as a platform for future growth

Peter Horrell will lead the work on implementation of this priority, and is appointed Interim Chief Executive of Wealth and Investment Management  with effect from 1 May 2013, reporting to Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins.

Tom Kalaris, currently Chief Executive, WIM, and Executive Chairman of Barclays in the Americas, has decided to retire from the bank on 30 June 2013, and, in the meantime, will work with Peter Horrell to implement a transition to the new priority. He will step down from the Barclays Executive Committee on 30 April 2013.

Barclays in the Americas

Barclays’ business in the Americas is of critical strategic importance to the bank. Already the largest source of income, outside of the UK, it represents strong growth potential. There is a clear need for even more effective execution of Barclays’ operations in the region in order to capitalise on opportunities presented through greater cross-working and collaboration between our businesses. Additionally, we want to have the strongest possible relationships with our US Regulators.


Skip McGee is appointed Chief Executive, Barclays Americas with effect from 1 May 2013

McGee will join the Barclays Executive Committee on appointment and report to Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins

He will be the senior executive in the Americas, with geographic responsibility for all of Barclays’ businesses in the region, including CIB, Barclaycard and Wealth and Investment Management

As the primary public-facing executive in the Americas, he will also lead Barclays’ regulatory engagement for the region

McGee will also continue to lead some of our most valuable client relationships, and he will remain a member of the CIB Executive Committee.

Commenting on the changes, Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins said: 'Since I became Group Chief Executive, a major area of focus for me has been to streamline and improve how the bank is managed, while strengthening control. The elimination of the global RBB layer, and the integration in train to bring together the operations of Barclays Africa and Absa, are examples of actions taken to advance this agenda.

 'Today’s changes are the next step in that journey, and they will ensure we have the right senior team in place to deliver the strategy and commitments we made on 12 February, and build the ‘Go-To’ bank.

 'Given the importance of Corporate and Investment Banking, I want to de-layer the organisation –creating a closer day-to-day relationship and clearer line of sight for myself into the business. We will organise our activity into more clearly delineated client-focused product sets, consistent with the growth strategy we unveiled for the Investment Bank on 12 February.

 'In Tom and Eric we have two superb leaders for CIB, and I am looking forward to working with them to build the ‘Go-To’ Investment Bank from our already world-leading position.

 'This decision does mean that Rich Ricci will retire from the bank on 30 June. We are very grateful to Rich for his major contribution to Barclays over the past 19 years, during which time he has played a significant role in building our Investment Bank into the success it is today. I want to particularly commend the work he led most recently on Project Mango, which in turn valuably informed the Transform Programme. We wish him well for his retirement.

 'In Wealth and Investment Management we have largely completed the Gamma programme which saw us build out our platform markedly. Now is the appropriate time to determine how we maximise the business’ potential in the next phase of its development.

 'I have therefore asked Peter Horrell, a strong and experienced leader within Wealth and Investment Management, to take interim charge of the business, reporting to me, and to focus on implementing a new priority which will see WIM work more closely with RBB and CIB to provide a seamless service to our wealth clients as a platform for future growth.

 'As a result of this, Tom Kalaris will also retire from Barclays on 30 June. Tom has made a huge contribution to the bank in a variety of senior roles over the past 16 years, including most recently overseeing the growth in Wealth and Investment Management since 2006, and as Executive Chairman of the Americas over the past year, where he has led the first phase of the integration of our business in the region. We thank Tom for all he has done for Barclays and wish him every happiness in retirement.

'Finally, my commitment to Barclays in the Americas is absolute. It is a successful and critically important part of the Group. I am therefore making a change today which will bolster the leadership structure of our businesses in the region.

'Skip McGee is a highly respected senior leader with an outstanding track record in building lasting client relationships. Skip will work closely with me in his new role as Chief Executive of the Americas. He will have geographic responsibility for our operations in that market, as well as for further enhancing our responsiveness to, and relationships with, the US regulators. He will also continue to lead some of our most valuable client relationships in the market. The contribution which this important senior role can make to Barclays is obvious, and I am delighted that Skip has accepted the challenge.

 'All of these appointments will strengthen our ability to execute the Transform Programme and drive us towards our goal of becoming the ‘Go-To’ bank for all of our stakeholders'.

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