John Varley was appointed as Group Chief Executive of Barclays "on 1 September 2004, prior to which he had been Group Deputy Chief Executive from 1 January 2004.
"He held the position of Group Finance Director from 2000 until the end of 2003. John joined the Executive Committee in September 1996 and was appointed to the Board in June 1998.
"He was Chief Executive of Retail Financial Services from 1998 to 2000 and Chairman of the Asset Management Division from 1995 to 1998.
"John is a non-executive director of pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca PLC. He is also Chairman of Business Action on Homelessness, President of the Employers' Forum on Disability, President of the UK Drug Policy Commission and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore."