By appointing Antony Jenkins CEO last week, British bank Barclays borrowed a line from Monty Python, said Ben Protess in NYTimes.com: “And now for something completely different.” The soft-spoken British executive “has little in common” with his hard-charging American predecessor, Bob Diamond, who transformed the bank into a major player on Wall Street before being forced to resign in July during the Libor rate-rigging scandal. Jenkins, 51, began his Barclays career 30 years ago as a local branch cashier, after becoming the first member of his family to attend college. He left the bank after six years and climbed the ranks at Citigroup before rejoining Barclays in 2006 to lead its credit card division, and then its relatively “sleepy consumer banking business.”

It makes sense that Barclays would tap a “longtime insider” to repair its battered reputation, said David Enrich and Max Colchester in The Wall Street Journal. The bank’s board is clearly hoping that “installing a mild-mannered Brit to replace the assertive American will help move the bank forward” with regulators and politicians at home, as well as with the scandal-weary public. “We have a lot of work to do,” Jenkins said. “I’m not naïve about it.”