Harry Harrison Barclays
Harry Harrison has been in the financial services industry for nearly 30 years and spent 20 of those years working for Barclays as an investor, trader, and sales manager. From 2014 to 2017, he was the head of Barclays Non-Core division in London, where he was responsible for overseeing $110 billion in risk-weighted assets. Barclays decided to get out of the non-core business and sold off its assets in 2017. Harry Harrison decided it would be a good time to take some time off from banking to explore other interest outside of financial services.
In an interview on Ideamensch.com, Harry Harrison goes into detail about how he was able to be innovative while working for Barclays in New York. While trying to establish Barclays in the U.S. market back in 2003, he had to differentiate his firm from the other established U.S. investment banks. Around that time, electronic trading had already been in use in Europe, but it wasn’t well established in America. Harry Harrison saw that electronic trading was a growing trend and decided to give Barclays clients in the U.S. the ability to perform their own electronic trading. He said that it didn’t make Barclays any friends among the U.S. firms, but it did make them a dominant player in the U.S. market.
An area where Harry Harrison feels he can improve on is being a communicator as a leader and thinker. He has many years of experience in the financial service sector and has a vast network of clients and colleagues. He says he has an idea of what they think and say about him, but he wants to tell his own story about what he has learned as a top banking and investing executive. Now that he is taking some time off from work, he will have plenty of time to tell his own story.