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Rick Vassell

Chief Compliance Officer, Barclaycard International

What attracted you to Barclaycard?

The performance of the business, the dynamism of the culture and the challenge of working in a different part of the bank.

What inspires you?

People who look beyond their own interests to change things for a great many others.

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

A cook in a busy city centre bar. I learnt that organisation, preparation and an ability to work with others is a key part of working anywhere. I also developed an ability to deal with customers who were not impressed with my cooking.

Previous roles

Head of Compliance

Barclaycard Europe

Global General Counsel

Barclays Wealth and Investment Management


Simmons & Simmons

What do you look for in the people you hire?

A passion to learn new things, a quick mind and great communication skills.

What’s been the highlight of your career?

Having the opportunity to lead people.

What are your personal and professional ambitions for the next 5 years?

Get better as a colleague and spend more time with my kids.

Rick Vassell