Citigroup taps NYC deputy mayor to lead comms

NEW YORK: Citigroup named Edward Skyler, deputy mayor of New York City, its EVP of global public affairs, effective May 3. He reports to CEO Vikram Pandit.

NEW YORK: Citigroup named Edward Skyler, deputy mayor of New York City, its EVP of global public affairs, effective May 3. He reports to CEO Vikram Pandit.

Skyler will lead external and internal communications for the company, with shared responsibility for the leadership of government affairs and IR. Those divisions will not report to him.

He replaces Kate James, who started as the chief communications officer for the Gates Foundation in January, although Skyler reports directly to the CEO and has a larger scope of responsibility. A 2008 reorganization had consolidated Citi's marcomms function under CMO Lisa Caputo whom James had reported into. Caputo's new title became EVP of global marketing and corporate affairs.

Since 2002, the 36-year-old served as press secretary, communications director, and deputy mayor for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. He previously worked in corporate communications for Bloomberg LP.

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