Bob Diamond's One-Man Cheering Squad Has Not Gone Unnoticed

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“Bobtimistic” is how Rich Ricci, Barclays Capital’s new co- chief executive officer, described Diamond’s eternally upbeat attitude to assembled executives in September as he introduced a five- minute video send-off tribute, featuring a digital scrapbook titled “The Wonder Years,” with clips of Diamond hiking up his yellow suspenders in 1997 as he talked about making Barclays Capital a bond market leader; a mock image of him dressed like the children’s cartoon character Bob the Builder; his first pep talk to Lehman employees after acquiring the bankrupt broker-dealer in 2008; and photos of him with Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, soccer stars of London’s Chelsea Football Club and pro golfer Phil Mickelson. [Bloomberg]

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