McDermott Brown will join the Executive Committee and report directly to Group Chief Executive, Antony Jenkins.
McDermott Brown joined Barclays in 2011 from BP. She had previously held senior roles at Cable & Wireless and led her own consultancy business. McDermott Brown has been the Interim Group Human Resources Director since October 2012.
Commenting on the appointment, Antony Jenkins said: 'Irene has demonstrated her commitment and ability to lead an HR function which can support the business as we deliver the Transform agenda and embed our new purpose and values throughout Barclays – both essential to achieving our goal of becoming the ‘Go-To’ bank'.
McDermott Brown said: 'Every organisation’s success depends on the decisions you make around people: who you recruit; how you reward performance; development of your talent; and retention are all crucial to organisational performance. I’m relishing the challenge of leading the Barclays HR function as we deliver the changes to the business and its culture that we have promised'.
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