Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Where can Barclays unearth a new Diamond?
What now though for Barclays, this week has been an unexpected upset and with Bob Diamond relatively new in the job there has been no time to groom a successor.
Rich Ricci and Jerry Del Messier - the Head of the Investment Bank and Group COO respectively will be seen as too close to Diamond and to the Libor Scandal which was in the part of the Bank they they ran.
Staid Finance Director Chris Lucas will be in with a shout, given his auditing background. For a long-term Barclays time-server there is Antony Jenkins and if they keep there predilection for talented Americans there is Tom Kalaris who heads the Wealth division.
An external appointment could be a welcome one, so for example Peter Harvey, ex-CEO of Barclays UK who is now at the Co-op could be a dark horse, or perhaps Helen Weir, so recently a senior director at Lloyds Banking Group. Another who springs to mind is Nathan Bostock, number 2 to Stephen Hester at RBS.
I'd be surprised if the Board of Barclays went for a big name US CEO - their high pay causes so much resentment and equally in Europe the banks are in such a mess that finding a credible candidate will prove hard.