Top executive suppressed report damning Barclays
Bank boss leaves after hiding criticism of 'revenue at all costs' strategy at US Wealth arm
Barclays was hit by further damaging revelations about the culture that was allowed to flourish in certain parts of the bank yesterday after it emerged that a senior executive had suppressed a damaging report into Barclays Wealth in America.
The report, compiled by consultancy firm Genesis Ventures, was said by a Sunday newspaper to have sharply criticised a "revenue at all costs" strategy and a "culture that is high-risk and actively hostile to compliance".
Management was said to have "ruled with an iron fist", acting to remove "any intervention from those who speak up in opposition". Genesis Ventures' report was initially only supplied to Andrew Tinney, chief operating officer of the private investment division, and he suppressed it. His departure was announced to staff in an email a week ago, and it is understood he did not receive a pay-off.
The revelations come days after new chief executive Antony Jenkins wrote to all 140,000 staff members, telling them that if they didn't buy into his clean-up plan, they would be kicked out. He is due to unveil a new strategy in February, which will see the bank pulling out of more controversial businesses such as tax planning. Staff at Canary Wharf are said to be nervously awaiting a fresh round of lay-offs.
The revelations follow The Independent's exclusive interview with a whistleblower last July in which he talked of a culture of fear at the investment banking division. The Independent has since talked to several other former members of staff at the division who told similar stories.
One said yesterday: "This backs up what I have been saying. The attitude and ethics of the big guys up top more than filtered to the bottom."
Any rule breaches brought to light by such a report would be seized on by regulators who fined the bank £290m after its traders were found to have attempted to manipulate Libor interest rates last year.
Last night, however, people close to the bank stressed Mr Tinney's departure was a reflection of the reforms being pushed through by Mr Jenkins, and the report showed that he was serious. A Barclays spokesman said Mr Jenkins had "acknowledged clearly last week" that transformation of the bank's culture was "imperative".
"Independent reports, like the one commissioned in early 2012 for Barclays Wealth in America, are intended to identify areas where change is required and to recommend remedial steps. These types of exercise never result in comfortable reading, but we have been, and will, remain absolutely committed to taking the necessary steps to address the issues raised," he said.
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
Isis in Syria: 60,000 Kurds flee terror in new exodus
Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
4Chan naked photos leak: Celebrity Twitter reactions to the mass breach of privacy
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
iJobs Money & Business
£400 - £450 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: **URGENT CONTRACT ROLE**...
Up to £100k or £450p/d: Saxton Leigh: My client is a leading commodities tradi...
£320 - £330 per day: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group have been engaged by a l...
To £75,000 + Pension + Benefits + Bonus: Saxton Leigh: My client is looking f...