Morning Coffee Mar 05 2012

O'Neill Replaces Parsons as Citi Chairman

By julie steinberg

Citigroup Chairman Richard D. Parsons is stepping down after 16 years as a director, telling the board he won't stand for re-election at the shareholders annual meeting next month in Dallas. Michael O'Neill, the former chief executive officer of Bank of Hawaii, will succeed him.

O'Neill, who ran Bank of Hawaii from 2000 to 2004, has experience with returning banks to profitability. Citigroup, along with other big banks, is grappling with new regulations that will potentially affect its profitability. The 65-year-old O'Neill joined Citi's board in 2009, the same year he lost the top job at Bank of America to Brian Moynihan. At the time, the board of directors wasn't exactly thrilled with his proposition to break up the bank.

"Given the strong position that Citi is in today, I have concluded that the time has come for me to take my leave," Parsons said in a statement. "In Mike O'Neill, the board will have the perfect leader to enable it to continue providing the oversight and guidance America's global bank deserves."

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(Source: Business Insider)

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