Barclays Capital develops global comms strategies

Barclays Bank's investment banking arm, Barclays Capital, has hired its first internal comms chief as part of plans to boost its PR capability.

Joss Mathieson joins from retail banking parent Barclays Bank, where he worked in a non-comms role as a manager of group strategy and planning.

His appointment as head of internal comms signals a first for the investment bank. Internal comms manager Jane Jerone previously handled the entire remit, but now reports into Mathieson.

Barclays Capital has handed Mathieson a remit concentrating on strategy, drawing on his previous experience leading planning on the retail banking side.

Barclays Capital PRO Caroline Rouse said: 'We do most of our internal communications via the intranet, which has been fairly static for a while.

'We now want to explore other channels such as notice boards and presentations.'

The group is also planning to launch a Barclays Capital edition of Barclays' staff magazine Barclays Globe.

Rouse confirmed that the creation of Mathieson's role forms part of a strategy to develop PR, led by global head of corporate comms and marketing John Anderson.

'We have been developing the team over the last year, building up a small UK team of no more than three up to around six people,' said Rouse.

Anderson began the boost of the department when he joined over a year ago from JP Morgan Chase & Co (PRWeek, 13 August, 2001).

Barclays Capital this week also announced the appointment of Andy MacMillan to the long-vacant role of head of corporate comms and global marketing for the Americas, based in New York.

He joined from Nasdaq, where he acted as SV-P of corporate comms. Prior to Nasdaq, MacMillan headed PR and comms at Credit Suisse First Boston in the US.

Both MacMillan and Mathieson report to Anderson in the UK.

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