A Barclaycard executive has been forced to quit after making an insulting remark about Muslims.
Marc Howells, one of the company’s leading figures, left his Â£200,000-a-year job following the tasteless quip during a staff meeting as he discussed quarterly figures.
Colleagues were stunned when he said: “The results were like Muslims – some were good, some were Shi’ite.”
Offended members of staff complained to senior bosses about the “wholly inappropriate” comment.
Mr Howells, 42, who worked for Barclaycard’s European arm and has a Â£2million home in St John’s Wood, was forced out earlier this month after negotiating an undisclosed pay-off, classed as “redundancy under compromise”.
A company source said: “No one could quite believe their ears when he came out with his Shi’ite joke.
“He had a very responsible job in a multinational company. What on earth was he thinking of?
“There were a few embarrassed guffaws but everyone except him knew he was for the high jump the moment he said it.”
Such is the way of the world today.