Barclays head of travel Chris Lee has retired after a 40-year career with the bank.
Lee joined Barclays from school as an office junior and has spent the past 30 years in corporate management roles in London.
He has been head of travel and professional sports for the past 18 years, having been responsible for forming the division.
In a post on LinkedIn, he said: “I am retiring from banking today. 40 years ago I joined Barclays straight from school as an office junior at a local branch. Over the decades I never felt a desire to leave.
“I am very grateful to Barclays for the opportunities it has given me, and I am proud of forming and leading the Barclays Travel and Professional Sports Teams for all these years. A dream role for me with my passion for travel and sport. I never dreamt on my first day that I would have visited over 80 countries or watched a football match at all 92 league grounds.”
He added: “Two of my clients who own different large travel companies reminded me last week that they were 29 and 30 years old respectively when I first won their business and became their bank manager. Now 18 years on they are 47 and 48, without them ever having to get a new manager – until now!
“I have made a host of friends for life. Thank you to my network for all your support and help on my journey. I look forward to catching up with many of you over the summer and beyond.”