Citi Leaders Named to the Top 100 OUTstanding & FT Leading LGBT
By Ana Duarte McCarthy, Chief Diversity Officer, Citi October 20, 2015 09:15 AM
I am very pleased to share that two of our senior executives appear today in The Financial Times and OUTstanding 2015 Leading LGBT and Ally Executives Lists.
The surveys aim to show that by championing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the business leaders prove to the world that no one will be held back by who they are.
Citi’s Jim Cowles, CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa and Bob Annibale, Global Director for Citi Inclusive Finance & Community Development and one of Citi’s most senior Out LGBT officers, regularly demonstrate their commitment to the LGBT community both within and outside Citi and they are recognized for helping to achieve positive change for LGBT people.
Jim Cowles is one of Citi’s most visible senior allies, believing as he does that it’s important to lead by example in his support for the LGBT community. For the past three years Jim has led a group of staff at the London Pride Parade at which this year we had more than 300 people parading. In his role as EMEA CEO he has supported the creation and promotion of a range of employee networks, including our Pride Network focused on the LGBT community, has championed senior manager diversity training, and actively supports the creation and adoption of more inclusive policies across Citi.
Bob Annibale, Global Director for Citi Inclusive Finance & Community Development, is on the OutStanding LGBT Executives list for the second year, and is the champion of the Citi Pride Network - London and Citi Pride Network - NYC networks and is the Citi Pride business sponsor representative on the newly launched Global Employee Network Advisory Council, chaired by Don Callahan. Bob's leadership at Citi includes being a champion of diversity and inclusion internally and externally, and he makes a real difference for our employees, clients and communities.
At Citi, we strongly believe in the importance of diversity and inclusion in helping us create a workforce that can serve the world around us. In the UK Citi is a founding member of the Stonewall Global Diversity Champions Group and also of the Inside and Out Banking Recruitment Event. We are also a sponsor of the London Pride Parade and headline sponsor of its Gala dinner. We are particularly proud also that Citi was one of the first financial institutions to sign the Amicus brief for marriage equality in the US this year.
Through such activity, and with the terrific support of Jim and Bob, and other seniors and employees who work on broader social issues to support under-represented communities, we are pleased to have a such a wonderful opportunity to be visible to our clients and communities.
Thank you to Bob and Jim for your leadership on diversity and inclusion and congratulations on this wonderful achievement.