"Know your client", says Alison Barto, HSBC's managing director for client network banking © Daniella Cesarei
"Know your client", says Alison Barto, HSBC's managing director for client network banking © Daniella Cesarei

HSBC's Alison Barto: From CPO to commercial leader

“You better learn your stuff or your suppliers will eat you alive.”
One comment drove Alison Barto to really know her markets and her people, earning her stakeholder respect at HSBC – and a seat at the top table

Supply Management is going to claim at least some credit for the stellar rise of Alison Barto (née Parker). For it was an article published in this very magazine – about Barto winning the CIPS Hart Medal for her dissertation essay on the potential disruption of the millennium on supply chains – that led to her being approached by global banking giant HSBC. Fast-forward 17 years and she is managing director for client network banking, a commercial role almost created for and around her, after she had spent six years as CPO.

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