Antony Jenkins began his career in finance at Barclays in 1983, but subsequently moved to Citigroup and rose to head the company's branded credit card business. In 2006, he returned to Barclays to take over the company's Barclaycard division. In 2009, Jenkins was promoted to chief executive of the retail and business banking group and asked to join the executive committee.
He was appointed as the Group chief executive of Barclays on 30 August 2012. He stepped into the role previously held by Robert E. Diamond Jr., who left as a result of a Libor manipulation scandal that resulted in a $450 million payout by Barclays to settle accusations brought by American and British authorities.
Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It is a universal bank with operations in retail, wholesale and investment banking, as well as wealth management, mortgage lending and credit cards. It has operations in over 50 countries and territories and has around 48 million customers. As of 31 December 2011 Barclays had total assets of US $2.42 trillion, the seventh-largest of any bank worldwide.