Currently residing in New York, Harry Harrison worked as the head of Barclay Non-Core in London, from 2014 to 2017. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Finance, earned from the University of Cambridge, and also has a BS degree in Economics, received from the University of Warwick. He worked for more than 2 decades at Barclays, in trading and investment.
He studied economics for A-level while he was in school and then chose it as his major when in college. After he graduated from Cambridge University, Harrison points out, it was hard for him to imagine having a career in any other field but financial service. He spent 28 years as a derivative trader, and also managed teams of fixed income sales and also trading traders.
When it comes to bringing his ideas to life, Harry Harrison notes that nothing is able to beat the combination of collaboration, diversity, and humility. He considers that a lot of big ideas, especially in financial services, are very innovative and different that a single bank is not able to carry the load for the whole sector. He states that he always believed in the benefits that innovation brings forth.
His focus on innovation was successful when he was transferred in 2003 to New York in order to try and establish Barclays as a major player in the United States rates market. It was clear to him that trying a copycat strategy wasn’t going to work, and thus Barclays managed to differentiate itself by using its strong electronic trading capability that it developed in Europe.
Looking back on things, Mr. Harrison things that one piece of advice that he would give to his younger self would be to enjoy the journey just as much as the result of the efforts. He points out that he has always been results-oriented, and that while he things he probably has done a decent job at remembering to celebrate good times when major breakthroughs were accomplished, he thinks there were times when he could have enjoyed the interactions and the daily steps to the end goal a lot more.