businesses will now report to Jamie and Manuel, respectively, while
working closely with Don Callahan. This change will better align the
priorities and strengthen accountability between our client-facing
businesses and their support function as we continue our efforts to
become a fully digital bank and improve efficiency through the
organization. As Head of O&T, Don will continue to directly manage our
Enterprise O&T function and be responsible for all shared infrastructure
and for ensuring our systems are regulatory-compliant.
Jim Cowles will become CEO of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Jim is a Citi veteran who has spent much of his career in EMEA. Having worked with Jim very closely last year, I have great confidence in his ability to lead our businesses in the region.
Bill Mills, in addition to serving as CEO of North America, will now oversee Community Development as well as International Franchise Management, in which role he will have responsibility for corporate governance in our 101 countries. He is uniquely suited for this role, given a career which has taken him across so many of our geographies.
Francisco Aristeguieta, CEO of Latin America, and Stephen Bird, CEO of Asia Pacific, will continue in their current roles as we execute a strategy that leverages our unique footprint in the emerging markets.
John Gerspach will continue to be our Chief Financial Officer and I have asked him to spearhead our Expense Management, Enterprise Payments and Citi Ventures initiatives as well.
Brian Leach will be taking on responsibility for additional functions which safeguard Citi's license to do business. As Head of Franchise Risk and Strategy, he will now oversee Audit, Compliance and Strategy. Brad Hu, currently Head of Risk for Asia Pacific, will become Citi's Chief Risk Officer and report to Brian.
Gene McQuade will continue to serve as CEO of Citibank, N.A., while overseeing Citi Holdings and Japan. Over the past several years, Gene has greatly improved the oversight and controls of our largest depository vehicle and I am pleased he has agreed to continue this critical work into next year.
Ed Skyler, Head of Public Affairs, will oversee the Citi Foundation in addition to his current responsibilities which include Branding & Sponsorships, Communications, and Government Affairs.
Paul McKinnon, Head of Human Resources, and Rohan Weerasinghe, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, will both continue to serve in their respective positions.
Sara Wechter will serve as my Chief of Staff. Sara brings both banking and corporate governance experience to this role, and I will rely on her ability to think strategically while paying attention to the details as she manages key projects on my behalf.
Finally, Vice Chairman Lew Kaden has informed me that, after more than seven years with the firm, he plans to retire in the coming weeks. Lew, who was previously our Chief Administrative Officer, helped guide Citi through some difficult times, while strengthening our relationships with clients and governments. We will miss his wise counsel.
The three months I have been CEO have been memorable to say the least and I am very proud of what we have done to prepare for 2013. We developed a budget which contained difficult but necessary choices. Today, we will submit our capital plan to the Federal Reserve. We have finalized the management team and are re-organizing O&T. I know that I can count on each of you to support the entire management team and each other as we move forward.
We will be tested in the year ahead. The environment remains very challenging from a variety of perspectives and I am going to rely on every person in this company to make sure we are as successful as we possibly can be.
Thank you for all that you do for our company.
Management team bios and headshots can be found at http://www.citigroup.com/citi/about/our_leaders.html
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
Additional information may be found at http://www.citigroup.com.
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