C. S. Venkatakrishnan biography: 13 things about Barclays CEO


C. S. Venkatakrishnan is an Indian-American banker known to his colleagues as Venkat. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He was born in Mysore, Karnataka, India.
  2. He is based in New York City, New York, United States.
  3. He earned bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
  4. His MIT thesis titled “Analysis and Optimization of Terminal Area Air Traffic Control Operations” was published in 1991. His advisors were Arnold Barnett and Amedeo R. Odoni.
  5. He, Barnett and Odoni co-wrote “Landings at Logan Airport: Describing and Airport Capacity,” which was published on August 1, 1993.
  6. From September 1994 to March 2016, he worked for J.P. Morgan as a managing director. He held senior roles in asset management where he was chief investment officer for approximately $200 billion in global fixed income, investment banking and risk.
  7. His MIT masters thesis “Sentencing Changes and Prison Population: The Transient Effect” was published in 1998.
  8. He is a protégé of James Edward “Jes” Staley, who became the chief executive officer of Barclays in December 2015.
  9. In March 2016, he joined Barclays as the chief risk officer. He became the executive sponsor for Embrace, the global multi-cultural network at Barclays.
  10. He spoke at the 20th Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Risk Convention, which was held at Grand Hyatt New York in New York City from February 25-27, 2019.
  11. In September 2020, Barclays promoted him as global head of markets.
  12. In September 2021, commenting on launch of Barclays’ inaugural Green Structured Notes Programme, he said, “We continue to see increased client demand for sustainable investment opportunities and today’s launch of Barclays’ green structured notes programme provides clients with a new and innovative opportunity to access the green market. It’s also a terrific step forward in our innovation journey within Global Markets to offer more compelling and sustainable structured products offerings.”
  13. On November 1, 2021, he became the new Barclays CEO right after the resignation of Staley.



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