Barclays strengthens sustainable banking team with key senior hires to drive climate solutions and low-carbon transition.
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Barclays Bolsters Sustainable Banking Team with Three Key Hires

Barclays, a British universal bank, announced the appointment of three new senior hires in its Corporate and Investment Bank. The new additions will join the Sustainable and Impact Investment Banking (SIB) team, demonstrating the bank’s commitment to expanding its world-class expertise in delivering sustainable financial solutions. The hires will play a crucial role in supporting companies focused on developing climate tech solutions and navigating the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Arnoud Boksteijn will join as Managing Director in SIB, effective August. He brings extensive experience in the agriculture sector and agricultural technology, having previously served as Managing Director and Head of the Global Agriculture and Agriculture Technology franchise within the Industrials Group at Credit Suisse. Boksteijn’s expertise will contribute to SIB’s efforts in advising and raising capital for companies tackling environmental and social challenges.

Cindy Quan, who previously worked as the Global Head of ESG for Goldman Corporate and Workplace Solutions at Goldman Sachs, will assume the role of Director and Head of Americas ESG Advisory in SIB, starting in September. She will work closely with Tanja Gihr, who leads advisory in EMEA, to provide specialized guidance to clients on ESG aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as equity capital transactions. Quan’s appointment strengthens Barclays’ ability to offer differentiated advice and support to companies in their sustainability journeys.

Bogdan Oprea, who joined Barclays earlier this year as a Director within SIB, has been focusing on areas such as battery technology, solar equipment, recycling, and agricultural technology solutions. With over 20 years of experience at Citigroup, including his most recent position in the Industrials investment banking team, Oprea brings valuable insights to the team’s efforts in driving sustainable finance.

These senior hires align with Barclays’ strategic goal of providing expertise and capital to clients pursuing climate tech solutions and transitioning to a low-carbon economy. The bank’s Sustainable and Impact Banking team, established in 2019, has experienced rapid expansion as demand grows from early-stage companies developing climate technology solutions. Barclays has already facilitated over £87 billion of green finance and aims to facilitate $1 trillion of sustainable and green financing by 2030.

Brian Reilly, Global Co-Head of Sustainable and Impact Banking at Barclays, expressed enthusiasm about the bank’s commitment to expanding its world-class team. Reilly emphasized the team’s focus on delivering expertise to clients seeking climate tech solutions while supporting corporations in their transition towards a low-carbon economy. Barclays believes it is uniquely positioned to provide advisory services and access to capital that clients need to achieve their social and environmental goals.

Marie Freier, Global Co-Head of Sustainable and Impact Banking at Barclays, stressed the importance of attracting top talent with specialist knowledge in carbon-intensive sectors. This strategy enables Barclays to simultaneously support emerging growth companies that present innovative solutions to the challenges society faces. Freier underscored the critical role of the bank in assisting clients during the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Barclays continues to demonstrate its dedication to sustainable finance and responsible banking practices. By expanding its Sustainable and Impact Banking team, Barclays aims to contribute to global efforts in addressing environmental and social challenges while promoting sustainable economic growth.

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