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Citi hires Asian origin banking head from JPMorgan

FILE PHOTO: The logo for Citibank is seen on the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 3, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

Shajil KumarBy: Shajil Kumar

Citigroup appointed Viswas Raghavan as its new head of banking from JPMorgan Chase where there has been a management reshuffle.

Raghavan will report to Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser and is expected to join in the summer, Fraser wrote in an internal memo seen by Reuters.

Raghavan most recently served as JPMorgan’s head of global investment banking.

JPMorgan named Doug Petno and Filippo Gori as co-heads of global banking, reorganising the business as it announced Raghavan’s departure, according to a bank memo.

In January, JPMorgan shuffled executives in its investment banking and consumer units, giving them more experience running different businesses as Wall Street focuses on succession plans for CEO Jamie Dimon.

Meanwhile, Citigroup is going through its largest reorganisation in decades, streamlining its structure into five main businesses whose leaders report directly to the CEO.

Raghavan is a “proven leader and his appointment is another example of our ability to attract the best talent to our firm,” Fraser wrote.

Peter Babej, Citi’s interim head of banking, will stay in the transitional role until he retires later this year.

“This is a core change with positive chain reactions throughout the firm, in our view, Citi is dropping outdated management structures that go back decades,” Mike Mayo, analyst at Wells Fargo said in a note, adding that hiring Raghavan shows additional effort to restructure.

Raghavan was recently promoted to head of global investment banking at JPMorgan after serving as a co-head since 2020. He previously led investment and corporate banking in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

At JPMorgan, the new structure will merge commercial, corporate, and investment banking under one division, called global banking.

Petno, 59, has run commercial banking since 2012. Gori, in addition to serving alongside Petno as co-head of global banking, will also become CEO of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. (Reuters)

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