The material on this site is for financial institutions, professional investors and their professional advisers. It is for information only. Please read our Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy and Cookies before using this site. Please see our Subscription Terms and Conditions.

All material subject to strictly enforced copyright laws. © 2022 Euromoney, a part of the Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC.

Bill Harrison: A man in a hurry

Bill Harrison is not the most orthodox chief executive you will come across in the City. The new boss at BZW speaks with a strong Birmingham accent and refers to telephoning people as "giving them a bell".

Harrison, 48, is part of a new breed of fortysomethings in charge at BZW ­ a departure from the over-50s hierarchy that prevailed before. The new head of equities, Steve Harker, whose department employs 1,700 of BZW's total headcount of 7,500, also fits this mould. "What you see is what you get with Harrison and [Barclays' chief executive Martin] Taylor," says Harker who doesn't have any problems with that approach.

Harrison is bold. His first few days in his new position were a blitzkrieg: he started on Tuesday, fired acting chief executive Donald Brydon on Wednesday, and restructured the management committee on Thursday. Not one to conform to convention, he "upsized" the latter ­ to 10 people from eight ­ and included, for the first time, the head of human resources. Only four existing members are left from the previous management committee.

Energetic and bustling, Harrison's management style, he says, is characterized by a player-coach approach. He supports the struggling English football club, Birmingham City.

He is not a banker's banker. He spent the early part of his career working in the no-nonsense oil industry, first for BNOC, then Tricentrol, finally joining j Henry Schroder Wagg in 1983.

You have reached premium content. Please log in to continue reading.

Read beyond the headlines with Euromoney

For over 50 years, our readers have looked to Euromoney to stay informed about the issues that matter in the international banking and financial markets. Find out more about our different levels of access below.


Unlimited access to and

Expert comment, long reads and in-depth analysis interviews with senior finance professionals

Access the results of our market-leading annual surveys across core financial services

Access the results of our annual awards, including the world-renowned Awards for Excellence

Your print copy of Euromoney magazine delivered monthly

£73.75 per month

Billed Annually


Unlimited access to and, including our top stories, long reads, expert analysis, and the results of our annual surveys and awards

Sign up to any of our newsletters, curated by our editors


Already a user?

We use cookies to provide a personalized site experience.
By continuing to use & browse the site you agree to our Privacy Policy.
I agree