The ruthless Birmingham-born investment banker known as "Attila the Brum" has died.
Bill Harrison, the former chief executive of Barclays' investment banking business BZW, passed away at the age of 57.
He was a well known figure and earned his nickname thanks to a broad Brummie accent, a reputation for tough deal-making, and a hardness in "blood on the carpet" decisions on shedding staff.
Born in Ladywood and educated at Dixon Grammar School, Edgbaston, Mr Harrison hit the headlines in 1998 after it emerged he earned a £5 million pay-off for just over a year's work with Barclays.
His 30- year career in investment banking started at the US bank Manufacturers Hanover and included spells at Schroders, Robert Fleming, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank.
Mr Harrison moved into the oil industry before joining Schroders in the early 1980s, where he set up one of the first oil sector specialist teams in the City.
Martin Taylor recruited him to be head of BZW in 1996. He left just over a year later with a £5 million pay-off as Barclays rethought its investment banking ambitions.
He joined ING earlier this year, where he was given the task of rebuilding its UK and European corporate business.
Last night, leading figures in the Birmingham business community paid tribute to Mr Harrison.
Former chairman of Aston Science Park, Albert Jackson said: "Bill was a good friend of Birmingham and his business connections contributed to large redevelopment projects in the Witton area."
ASP chief executive Derek Harris added: "I knew him for several years and was lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him."