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Curt Hess

Chief Executive Officer, Barclaycard US

What attracted you to Barclaycard?

Barclaycard is a leader in the payments industry because of our focus on innovation, passionate commitment to customers, and extremely talented colleagues. It's a privilege to be part of such a successful, growth-oriented business. Our commitment to Citizenship is also really inspiring.

What inspires you?

Curiosity and a strong desire to leave the business in a much better place for our customers and colleagues than when I first joined.

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

My first job was working in a supermarket, and I learned that, regardless of your role, hard work and a positive attitude opens up many potential doors and opportunities.

Previous roles

Chief Financial Officer

Personal and Corporate Banking, Barclays

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Europe Retail and Business Banking, Barclays

Chief Financial Officer

Barclays Africa

Chief Financial Officer


What do you look for in people that you hire?

Firstly, they have skill sets that complement the team. Also someone who is proactive, driven, curious, has a track record of success and wants to win in the right way.

What are your personal and professional ambitions over the next five years?

To continue to make a positive difference across our business, with our customers, colleagues and within our community. My true measure of success is whether you made an impact for the better in people's lives either personally or professionally. As long as you are doing this -- as well as learning and continuing to grow by pushing yourself -- success will follow.

What one attribute would you like to be known for?

Honesty sums it up for me. As Mark Twain said, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."