NEW YORK Citigroup Inc. today announced that New York City Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler will join the company as Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs. In this newly created position, Mr. Skyler will lead all external and internal communications and share leadership of Government Affairs and Investor Relations. He will be charged with ensuring that Citi's global dialogues with the public, governments and investors are effective and consistent. Mr. Skyler will report directly to Citi CEO Vikram Pandit and serve on the Senior Leadership and Executive Committees.
"Ed Skyler has proven his ability to excel in the most challenging of environments," Mr. Pandit said. "His good judgment, work ethic and problem-solving skills will serve Citi well as he directs our strategy for communicating to a variety of critical constituencies. I look forward to his counsel and his joining my leadership team."
"No other bank has the positive impact on people's lives around the world that Citi does. I am enthusiastic about joining such a revered New York City and global institution," Mr. Skyler said.
Mr. Skyler, who will join Citi in early May, is currently the New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations. He has overseen strong performances by the City's main operational agencies and served as a top budget, legislative and labor negotiator for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Mr. Skyler oversaw four consecutive balanced and on-time City budgets; negotiated legislation to reform lobbying and "pay-to-play" practices; and reached agreements with labor unions to reduce pension and health costs. He has overseen a variety of critical initiatives, such as sustainability planning and the Mayor's campaign against illegal guns.
Mr. Skyler has been a member of Mayor Bloomberg's administration since its inception in 2002, serving previously as the Press Secretary, Communications Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration. He had worked in the Corporate Communications group of Bloomberg LP before joining Mr. Bloomberg's successful 2001 campaign for Mayor as its Press Secretary. Mr. Skyler served in various posts in the city government previously, including as a Deputy Press Secretary to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Public Information Director at the Department of Parks & Recreation. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he earned a law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, which he attended at night, and is a member of the New York State Bar.
Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140 countries. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, 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 www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.