The bank has hired Rob Gregory to the newly created post of head of policy and reputation. He will take up the role in July this year, reporting to group public policy director Christine Farnish.
Farnish said Gregory would ‘help demonstrate our commitment to being a leading responsible global bank’.
Gregory was seconded for three years at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, and was private secretary to Ruth Kelly during her term as financial secretary to the Treasury.
An economist by training, his early career was with Andersen Consulting/Accenture as a consultant in the financial services and telecoms markets.
Barclays is currently embroiled in what could be one of the year’s biggest takeovers, pursuing Dutch bank ABN Amro. Both Brunswick (Barclays) and FD (ABN) are profiting from the deal having being appointed by either side (PRWeek, 23 March). Their work on the potential £49bn merger saw the agencies top last week’s Deal Watch chart (PRWeek, 11 May).
Earlier this year the director of media relations at Barclays Group, Jason Nissé, took redundancy after just a year in the job. Two promoted staff now handle Nissé’s responsibilities. The top PRO at Barclays is corporate affairs director Stephen Whitehead.