Barclays appoints James E. Staley as Group Chief Executive

Barclays PLC (LON:BARC) has earlier today announced the appointment of James E. Staley (Jes Staley) as Group Chief Executive Officer. The move was touted in media earlier this month, with the bank noting back then that the search process for a new CEO had not concluded yet.

Today’s announcement makes it all official – Mr Staley will take up his new role, and join the Barclays Boards as a Director, with effect from December 1, 2015.

Mr Staley has nearly 40 years of experience in banking and financial services. He worked for more than 30 years at J.P. Morgan initially training as a commercial banker, and later advancing to the leadership of major businesses involving Equities, Private Banking and Asset Management. He ultimately became the head of the company’s Global Investment Bank. He is currently Managing Partner of BlueMountain Capital.

Commenting on the appointment, Barclays Chairman John McFarlane said:

“Barclays is an incredibly important, broad and complex business. Appointing an individual with the business scope, seasoning and track record is a difficult challenge. In Jes Staley we believe we have an executive with the appropriate leadership talent and wide-ranging experience to deliver shareholder value and to take the Group forward strategically. In particular, he understands corporate and investment banking well, the re-positioning of which is one of our major priorities. After an extended process, I now know Jes well, and we are in agreement on the way forward. He is a man of enormous integrity, and someone who both understands the business, but also the importance of cultural reform and the need to conduct our business in a way that we can all be proud of. I look forward to working with him in what will be an exciting and important period for our company as we seek to accelerate the delivery of improved shareholder returns.”

Commenting today, Barclays Group CEO-Designate Jes Staley said:

“It is an honour to be chosen to lead Barclays, an institution with an extraordinary legacy of 325 years in existence. I look forward to building on this heritage and to working with the company’s dedicated and deeply talented employees to deliver the highest quality financial services to the bank’s customers and clients, with integrity and skill.


James (Jes) Staley

“We will be committed to preserving and enhancing the trust that is the foundation of Barclays’ reputation. Stability and long-term orientation are cornerstones for this great institution. We must recognise Barclays’ special obligation to those principles. We must also continue the focus on shareholder returns which John McFarlane has mandated. Barclays is a very valuable franchise: from its retail and commercial banking presence in the UK, its strength in cards and payments, its strong position in Africa, to its Investment Bank. Maximising the potential of this franchise means building on our competitive advantages and developing new ones in order to generate strong returns on capital. If we do this, increased value for our shareholders will follow at the same time as Barclays’ long history of leadership is continued and enhanced.”

Barclays has been in search for a new Group CEO since the ousting of Antony Jenkins in July this year. The appointment of a new Group CEO was overseen by the Barclays Board Nominations Committee, chaired by Barclays Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director, Sir Michael Rake.

Commenting on behalf of the Board Nominations Committee, Sir Michael Rake said:

“The Nominations Committee has conducted a wide-ranging search process and considered the credentials of multiple strong candidates to be the next Group CEO of Barclays. This is a huge, complex, and challenging role, leading one of the largest and most important financial institutions in the world, and my colleagues and I took the responsibility of finding an outstanding leader for Barclays extremely seriously. We are unanimous in our view that Jes Staley is the right man for that role, we wish him every success, and he will have our full support.”

To view the official announcement from Barclays on the appointment, click here.

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