Late Lunchtime Links: A cue for more redundancies at Barclays; pushy parents try to prep school-age son for career in banking

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There have been some management changes at Barclays Capital.

Jerry Del Missier, who was co-chief executive of the investment banking arm, is going off to become chief operating officer of the entire Barclays Group. Rich Ricci, who's been at Barclays since 1994, was previously previously COO of Barclays Global Investors, and led the Lehman acquisition, is becoming sole head of the investment banking.

Although Barclays appears to be hiring a lot of IT people, Del Missier's ascendency looks a little ominous. According to the press release announcing his promotion, Del Missier will:

" responsible for making Barclays a leader within the industry on operational excellence. In partnership with the heads of the businesses and functions, he will lead all operations and information technology activities across Barclays, including those that are part of support functions, with the objective of ensuring that businesses can continue to deliver the highest quality service to clients and customers while also meeting the requirements of shareholders and the emerging regulatory landscape, including those related to resolution planning and ring-fencing."

Whilst some of these responsibilities will clearly involve masterminding changes in Barclays' structure under Vicker's ring-fencing proposals, "operational excellence" also suggests: efficiencies, eliminating overlaps between divisions, cost cutting, and redundancies. Del Missier is assuming his new position with immediate effect.

Separately, the Financial Times' financial services training Q&A session, which we have distilled for you here, has managed to attract some parents who are extremely keen that their son - currently doing his GCSE's - should become an investment banker and specifically NOT a pseudo investment banker in an operations or IT position. In a sign that investment banking remains a career some parents would dearly love their children to go into, they ask:

"Our son is hopefully doing well at his GCSE exams, having just sat them, and prefers the rigours of essay writing, particularly the structured essays in history where an argument has to be presented with evidence. He also enjoys the pure mathematics subject and he is sitting further mathematics. His research so far has led him to look at reading economics with mathematics or economics at university. His A-level subject choices are therefore: mathematics, further mathematics, history and economics. Is this approach valid for a career in the City of London (investment banks, brokers, consultancies), preferably in the business departments, not IT?"

Do you have any advice for them?


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