Rob Close, payments strategy director of Barclays Bank of London, has joined the board of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication-the Swift banking communications network.

Mr. Close, 47, is active in several payment system bodies. He is deputy chairman of the two British clearing houses-Bankers Automated Clearing Services and Clearing House Automated Payments System-as well as a director of Swift (UK) Ltd.

He was also program director of the Continuous Linked Settlement Project, an initiative of an international banking association called the Group of 20 to reduce foreign exchange settlement risk.

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