Former JPMorgan Chase & Co. commodities chief Blythe Masters said she’s committed to her current job at a financial startup after Reuters reported that her former boss at the Wall Street firm approached her to run Barclays Plc’s investment bank.
Barclays Chief Executive Officer Jes Staley asked Masters about taking the position currently held by Tom King, Reuters said Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the matter that it didn’t name. Masters, 46, left JPMorgan in 2010 and is now chairman of Digital Asset Holdings Inc.
“I can’t think of a better person than Jes Staley, nor a more venerable institution than Barclays, but I am in mid-flight at Digital Asset and fully committed to what we are doing,” Masters said in an e-mail after being asked about the report. She declined to say whether Staley had approached her about the job.
Staley, 58, who started this month at London-based Barclays, worked with Masters in his previous job as chairman of JPMorgan’s corporate and investment bank.
Kerrie Cohen, a Barclays spokeswoman, declined to comment.