Rob McIvor will join in August, ending a six-year spell at the FSA.
‘I’ve had six good years and overseen significant development at the FSA,’ said McIvor. ‘But it’s a great time to join Citigroup as it undergoes expansion in the emerging EMEA markets.’
McIvor said Russia, South Africa and the Gulf states, particularly Dubai and Kuwait, would be areas of expansion for Citigroup in the next few years.
He joins as director of corporate affairs EMEA, and will oversee a team of ‘four or five’ in the UK – but more than 50 regional offices will fall under his remit.
McIvor will report to group director of corp-orate affairs EMEA Daniel Noonan.
He will work with consumer group director of corporate affairs Hilary Condit, and wealth management and alternative investments director of corporate affairs Susan Teather.
‘This is a time of unprecedented growth for EMEA,’ said Citigroup EMEA corporate and investment banking CEO Bob Mills.
McIvor joined the FSA as a manager in the press office in 2000 before promotion to his current role in 2004, having overall media relations responsibility for the financial services regulator.
Previously, McIvor was corporate PR manager for Woolwich during the firm’s sale to Barclays. The FSA said it will soon recruit for his replacement.