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Barry Rodrigues

CEO, Cards & Payments

What attracted you to Barclays?

The forward looking way Barclays approaches digital payments has always been of interest, from Pingit to contactless. The business continues to challenge the status quo to make sure we remain relevant for customers today and tomorrow. I wanted to be part of that.

Tell us a bit more about you personally

My family comes above everything else. It is my number one, two and three priority. Someone once told me that you’re only as happy as the least happy person in your family, and I subscribe to that. I like to play sport, play tennis and a bit of golf…badly.  I work out regularly; it’s important for both physical and mental wellbeing. I also read quite a lot.

Outside of work, what’s been your biggest achievement?

By far my three daughters. 

Previous roles

Head of Digital Payments for the Global Consumer Bank

Citi Bank

Who’s your biggest inspiration?

It’s my father. At a very early age, he left Goa, went to Kenya, arrived in a country that was completely foreign to him, started working as a clerk, and ended up being CEO of the company. He then retired and went back to Goa to live out the last 25 years of his life. I’ve always been impressed by that.

What traits in others matter to you most?

Being able to see the good in situations.

Is there anything that colleagues would find surprising about you?

My name sounds Portuguese or Spanish, but I originate from Goa, though I have never lived there.  I was born in Kenya, went to school in the UK and have US citizenship. I’ve lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and London; each of them twice over.