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Chris Wood

CEO Barclays Partner Finance, Cards & Payments

Why did you choose to work for Barclaycard?

I joined because of the compelling vision Antony Jenkins outlined to me when we first met. I really liked the people I had met from Barclaycard and the strength of the brand.

What inspires you?

Striving to deliver the best for our customers, colleagues and stakeholders – and a level of impatience that always wants to deliver more!

What do you look for in the people you hire?

Drive, emotional intelligence, passion and a history of delivery.

Previous roles

Managing Director, Foundation & Partnerships

Barclays Bank

Chief of Staff


Managing Director

Barclaycard International

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

My first job was working for Marks and Spencer in the fridges managing Christmas turkey orders. Hard work can keep you warm!

What are your personal and professional ambitions in the next few years?

My personal ambitions are to learn the piano and complete the build of my house. Professionally, success would mean leading 'best in class' teams that are recognised for driving the continued success of Barclaycard. 

Tell us something that would surprise people. 

I can code in COBOL and C++.

Chris Wood