Sir David Walker

Sir David Walker

Sir David Walker appointed to succeed Marcus Agius as Chairman

09 Aug 2012, 18:08 BST

Barclays PLC and Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”) announce that Sir David Walker has been appointed as a non-executive Director of Barclays with effect from 1 September 2012 and will succeed Marcus Agius as Chairman of Barclays with effect from 1 November 2012.

The UK needs a strong financial services sector and Barclays has a crucial role to play in ensuring that this country has a successful, well-governed banking industry. My immediate priority, and critical to Barclays ongoing success, is the appointment of a new Chief Executive and I will be fully engaged in that process.     

Sir David Walker

Marcus Agius will retire as a Director and as Chairman of Barclays with effect from 31 October 2012.

Sir David Walker is currently a senior adviser to US bank Morgan Stanley, having previously held the position of Chairman at Morgan Stanley International. He has held a number of high profile positions over the past 30 years including Assistant Secretary at the Treasury; Executive Director at the Bank of England; Chairman and Chief Executive of the Securities and Investment Board; deputy chairman at Lloyds Bank; and Chairman of the London Investment Bankers' Association. Since 2007 he has completed two independent reports and made recommendations regarding the private equity industry and corporate governance at financial institutions. He also co-led the independent review of the report that the FSA produced into the failure of Royal Bank of Scotland.

Commenting, Marcus Agius said, “Barclays is fortunate to have attracted Sir David Walker to succeed me as Chairman. He will be taking over at a time when Barclays universal banking model is delivering a strong performance in difficult markets. I wish him every success as he leads Barclays through the next stage of its development.”

Sir John Sunderland, who led the process to appoint a successor to Marcus Agius, said today, “I am delighted that Sir David Walker has accepted the Board’s invitation to become Chairman. Sir David commands great respect within the financial services industry and will bring immense experience, integrity and knowledge to the role.”

Sir David Walker commented “I am looking forward to joining the Barclays Boards and to playing my part in taking the company forward after recent events. The UK needs a strong financial services sector and Barclays has a crucial role to play in ensuring that this country has a successful, well-governed banking industry. My immediate priority, and critical to Barclays ongoing success, is the appointment of a new Chief Executive and I will be fully engaged in that process.”

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About Barclays PLC

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

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