Throsby turns back the clock at Barclays
Barclays has reversed course on the regional structure it put in place last year, with new investment bank head Tim Throsby putting a global stamp on the business and also paving the way to complete its previous expansion effort.
In time-honoured fashion, the new head of Barclays’ corporate and investment bank has spent his first few months in the job observing the structure he inherited to see if it works. Having joined from JPMorgan at the start of the year, Tim Throsby thinks he has now figured out where change is needed.
Insiders in London and New York talk of an evolution rather than a revolution, but Throsby’s rejig of the banking and markets businesses in May is nonetheless instructive.
The changes in banking, where he has appointed a global head, reverse what always looked like an ambitious overstretch in Europe; they address the need to treat the firm’s corporate bank properly and they reflect the fact that global clients need a global approach.