Sir Denys, a non-executive director of Barclays, is to chair a five-man sub-group of board members 'to progress the recruitment of a group chief executive from outside the Barclays group'.
A Barclays spokesman said there was no question of non-executive directors imposing the five-strong team on Mr Buxton, because it was a 'decision of Andrew Buxton and the sub-group reports to him'.
The search will be worldwide, including the US, Europe and the Far East, and non- bankers will be considered. 'Nothing is ruled out,' Barclays said.
At least one firm of headhunters is to be used. The bank would not put a time scale on the search but said a result was wanted as soon as possible.
Sir Denys is chairman of the remuneration and nominations committee of the Barclays board. The other members of the sub-group are Sir Derek Birkin, chairman of RTZ, Sir Peter Middleton, chairman of the Barclays investment banking subsidiary BZW and a deputy chairman of the group, Sir Martin Jacomb, another deputy chairman, and Sir Nigel Mobbs, chairman and chief executive of Slough Estates.Reuse content