Barclays Capital boss Bob Diamond was recently interviewed by The Times, his first interview since losing out on the battle to succeed Matt Barrett at the helm of Barclays Group. Diamond says he loves his job, he plans to recruit plenty more staff and all appears generally right with his world.
Recruiters will stir from their recent slumbers and will doubtless be inundating Barclays Capital with cvs. And all because Diamond has said that he will hire around 250 bankers in the next 12 months, in a bid to conquer Europe. The Barclays Capital boss clearly sees more opportunities in Europe and regards the US market as more mature and that much harder to crack.
According to the newspaper, Diamond confirmed that he 'loved his job'. He understandably refused to comment on speculation that, although the opportunities for his firm might not be so rosy in the US, for him personally Wall Street would roll out a more warm welcome.
The speculation surrounding Diamond's future is not likely to go away. Many feel that he IS Barclays Capital and that Barclays would do well to make HIM feel loved. Diamond is, at least, making all the right noises about staying - but then again that might just be down to the small matter of his next big bonus.