EVP, global public affairs, Citigroup
The April revolt by Citigroup shareholders over the compensation package for CEO Vikram Pandit proved there's still plenty of anger at Wall Street, but Ed Skyler continued to prove his worth as lead communicator for the banking giant with a well-argued blog posting, acknowledging the rights of the shareholders, but also noting how Pandit's leadership has helped restore Citigroup to profitability in recent years. The fact that news coverage of the shareholder revolt seemed to fizzle out after only a few days is testament to Skyler's skills in defusing a crisis.
Though still under 40, Skyler has the experience of a battle-tested veteran, having joined Citigroup in 2010 after eight years with the administration of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
There, he rose from press secretary/communications director, managing all communications including speechwriting, to deputy mayor of operations, helping the mayor with key budget, legislative, and labor negotiations. Skyler leads all of Citigroup's external and internal communications and also shares leadership of its government affairs and investor relations – meaning he'll be facing plenty of challenges in the coming year.