Mr Stephen Bird
Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Citi
Stephen Bird is Chief Executive Officer of Citi Asia Pacific, responsible for all of the company’s business lines across 17 markets in the region from Korea in the North to Australia in the South including China and India. He is a member of the Citi Global Operating Committee.
Mr Bird was previously joint CEO of Citi Asia Pacific with responsibility for North Asia. From 2006 to 2008, he was Head of Consumer Banking in Asia Pacific, responsible for the Retail Banking, Credit Cards and Consumer Lending businesses with over 30 million customer accounts across the region.
Prior to that, he served four years in Citi Japan as CEO of Credit Cards and Consumer Finance. Earlier, he was Head of Operations & Technology for Citi Latin America, covering all of Citi’s businesses in 23 countries.
Mr Bird joined Citi in 1998 in Singapore as the Asia Pacific Head for Operations & Technology. He successfully built Citi’s technological and operational capability to deliver outstanding customer service and market-leading internet and mobile capability. Citi’s award-winning e-commerce capabilities continue to win customer and industry recognition. He relocated to Latin America in 2001.
Prior to Citi, Mr Bird held senior management positions in GE Capital and British Steel in the United Kingdom. At GE Capital, Mr Bird launched its 6 Sigma program and established a client focus and continual improvement culture in GE Capital Fleet Services before becoming its Director of UK Operations. He is a recipient of GE’s “Pinnacle Award” for pioneering work in establishing joint commercial ventures between GE Capital’s different businesses serving the financial needs of the UK automotive sector.
Mr Bird is an alumnus of Citi’s Chairman’s Executive Forum and GE’s European Advanced Leadership program. He is a graduate of University College Cardiff with an MBA in Economics & Finance.