(Adds shareholder complaints)
By Lawrence White and Andrew MacAskill
LONDON May 10 Barclays Chief Executive Jes
Staley apologised to shareholders on Wednesday for his attempts
to unmask a whistleblower, but faced calls from individual
shareholders to resign over his conduct.
"Will you act now with integrity and honour and resign,"
shareholder Michael Mason-Mahon, a frequent activist at major
British banks' annual general meetings, asked Staley at
Barclays' own AGM.
But Barclays Chairman John McFarlane said that he was
standing by the chief executive.
"You know me, if I thought he should go he would have gone,"
McFarlane told shareholders.
Barclays last month said it had reprimanded Staley and would
cut his bonus after he twice attempted to identify the author of
a letter that revealed "concerns of a personal nature" about an
unnamed senior employee.
"I made a mistake in becoming involved in an issue which I
should have left to the business to deal with," Staley said.
Another investor said it 'beggars belief' that Staley was
not aware of the bank's policies on not trying to identify
ISS, a shareholder proxy firm, last month advised
shareholders to abstain from voting to reelect Staley to the
Staley also told the AGM that he did not see a need for
Barclays to shift jobs or significant operations out of Britain
as a result of the country's vote last June to leave the
European Union, regardless of how the exit negotiations pan out.
(Editing by Alexander Smith)