Barclays chief apologises to shareholders over whistleblowing incident

Jes Staley admits mistake at AGM, where 17% of investors failed to back his re-election to board

Jes Staley, the chief executive of Barclays under fire for his attempts to unmask a whistleblower, has admitted to hundreds of shareholders that he made a mistake and has issued a personal apology for his behaviour.

The American banker told 460 investors at Barclays’ AGM that he had made an error in trying to reveal the identity of the individual making allegations about the previous conduct of a newly hired executive in the US.

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