Ray Dempsey Jr.

Group Chief Diversity Officer | Barclays

Ray Dempsey Jr. joined Barclays in March 2021 as the Group Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, he is charged with development and implementation of a strategic approach to driving real progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion globally.

Prior to joining Barclays, Ray was Chief Diversity Officer for BP America and the President of the BP Foundation, where he led a broad portfolio, including national strategic relationships and initiatives, supplier diversity, workforce diversity, and philanthropy. He joined BP in 1990 and over the years held a variety of management and operational roles in engineering, strategy, finance, and external affairs, both in the US and abroad.

Beyond Barclays, Ray is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). Additionally, he sits on the board of the Kansas State University Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees for Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Ray is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders.

Ray was named by Savoy Magazine as one of the “Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” in 2016, 2018, 2020 and again in 2022.

Ray holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. Ray and his wife, Alysia, have four daughters and they reside in Northern Virginia.

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