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  • Deanna Oppenheimer steps down from Barclays

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    Deanna Oppenheimer.

    Deanna Oppenheimer, head of Barclays UK and European retail banks, has resigned after six years with the company in which she helped oversee a successful turnaround for the bank, U.K. newspaper The Telegraph reported.

    Oppenheimer, recently named the second most influential woman in finance by US Banker magazine, was hired by Barclays after she had worked for Seattle-based Washington Mutual  for 20 years, helping facilitate WaMu’s growth from a regional lender to a national presence.

    Oppenheimer’s husband, Columbia Hospitality  CEO John Oppenheimer, and her children are still based in Seattle, and The Telegraph reported that she is interested in moving back to the U.S.and pursuing a career outside of financial services.

    “When I came to Barclays, my goal was clear, to lead the transformation of U.K. retail banking and leave in place a successful management team that is well placed to continue the journey,” Oppenheimer said in a statement, The Wall Street Journal reported. “It is with immense pride that I leave Barclays having achieved this goal.”

    Ashok Vaswani, the current chief executive of Barclays Africa, will take over Barclays U.K. operations and Antony Jenkins, chief executive of retail and business banking, will take over European operations.

    “Deanna has made a huge contribution in her six years with Barclays, leading the transformation of our U.K. retail bank and the turn around of our European business,” Jenkins said in a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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