Leadership team

Product Specialists

Meet the experienced specialists leading each of Barclays Corporate Banking product capabilities, providing focused expertise to shape the right solutions for your business.

Karen Braithwaite
Global Head of Transaction Banking

Karen Braithwaite

Karen Braithwaite is Managing Director, Global Head – Transaction Banking within Barclays International, based in London. Her responsibilities cover global payments, digital channels, liquidity products, foreign exchange, trade finance and working capital across product management, sales management and client management. She leads teams that serve clients globally, including corporates, financial institutions, non-bank financial institutions and governments. Karen is a member of the Corporate Banking Executive Forum.

Martin Runow
Managing Director, Global Head of Payments and Digital

Martin Runow

Martin Runow is the Global Head of Payments and Digital at Barclays Corporate Bank. Martin has a significant breadth of transaction banking experience and joined us from Deutsche Bank in 2019. During his 26 years at Deutsche, he held multiple global and regional client and product related transaction banking and corporate banking roles – among them cash management leadership roles based in New York, Zurich and Frankfurt. He leads a global team of product managers and client experience professionals that deliver payments, transactional FX and digital solutions to our corporate and institutional clients across all segments and geographies.


James Binns
Managing Director, Trade & Working Capital

James Binns

T&WC serves Corporate, NBFI and FI clients globally with teams located in the UK, Europe, Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Barclays, James spent 4.5 years at Deutsche Bank where he headed Working Capital Advisory and Trade Finance for EMEA and latterly Global Cross Product Solutions.

David Shinkins
Managing Director, Global Head of Cash Management Sales

David Shinkins

David is the Managing Director, Global Head of Cash Management Sales.  David is a member of the Transaction Banking Senior Leadership Team, responsible for all cash management and FX sales activity for Barclays Corporate Banking globally. In addition to this role David is Co-Executive Sponsor for Spectrum, Barclays LGBT+ network and Co-Chair of the Corporate Banking Diversity Council.

David has held a number of advisory board positions, examples include the Visa Digital Strategic Advisory Board and the China Union Pay Advisory Board.

Managing Director, Head of Lending and Portfolio Management, EMEA

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown is the Managing Director and Head of Lending and Portfolio Management for EMEA and a member of the Corporate Bank Executive Committee based in London. The group he manages is responsible for the lending activities of banking and the management of the lending portfolio through the loan lifecycle. He was appointed to this role on June 1, 2017.

Prior to this appointment Jonathan was Managing Director and Co-Head of Global IG Fixed Income Syndicate and Head of Banking Capital Management for EMEAPAC, based in London.

Managing Director, Head of Liquidity Solutions

Yera Hagopian

Yera Hagopian is Head of Liquidity Solutions within Transaction Banking Products and Services at Barclays. She is responsible for driving the delivery of Barclays’ liquidity product set globally and providing integrated liquidity solutions to corporates, financial institutions and non-bank financial institutions.

Yera has a wealth of experience in global liquidity management. She joined Barclays from JP Morgan where she was EMEA Head of Liquidity. Prior to that, she was responsible for Liquidity Services at HSBC for 11 years, a role which involved the coordination and development of HSBC’s global liquidity management.