Bar­clays CEO falls vic­tim to prankster

New Straits Times - - Business / World -

LON­DON: Bar­clays chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Jes Sta­ley re­sponded to emails from an im­pos­tor pre­tend­ing to be chair­man John McFar­lane, the Fi­nan­cial Times re­ported on its Al­phav­ille blog.

The sender, who used the john.mcfar­­clays@gmail ad­dress, crit­i­cised a Bar­clays share­holder who had sought to oust Sta­ley at the lender’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

The CEO, who was re-elected to the board, re­sponded with praise for McFar­lane, cit­ing his “grit” and com­par­ing his “fear­less­ness” on the gui­tar to that of Eric Clap­ton.

Sta­ley, the bank’s CEO since McFar­lane hired him in late 2015, has faced calls to re­sign since the lender pub­licly rep­ri­manded him last month for per­sist­ing with his pur­suit of a whistle­blower af­ter be­ing told it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

“You are a unique man, Mr McFar­lane. You came to my de­fence to­day with a courage not seen in many peo­ple. How do I thank you?” Sta­ley wrote. Bloomberg

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