Citi has appointed Usman Ahmed as Chief Executive Officer of Citi Malaysia effective Feb 1, 2021.
Usman will be responsible for leading the country team and protecting the Malaysia franchise, leveraging Citi’s global strengths and further enhancing Citi’s position as a leading bank and employer of choice. He will also have oversight of the Citi Solutions Centers in Malaysia. He will report directly to Amol Gupte, ASEAN Head, Citi.
In his 21 years with Citi, Usman has held a range of senior leadership roles in Bahrain, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Philippines, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. He is at present the Citi Country Officer and Corporate Bank Head, Bahrain; Global Head of Islamic Banking and Cluster Head of Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. In these roles, he has managed the full spectrum of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group and Consumer franchises, including the Cluster support centers based in Bahrain.
“I am confident that the diversity and depth of Usman’s experience across franchise leadership, in Corporate and Investment Banking as well as Islamic Banking will prove valuable to our strategic growth plans in Malaysia. We have a strong footprint here and Citi remains the leading bank for cross border transactions, serving clients with regional and international business operations,” Gupte said.
Citi has been in Malaysia since 1959 and has a workforce of close to 5,000 employees. Awarded ‘AAA” rating by RAM Ratings for the past 20 consecutive years, Citi Malaysia provides consumers, corporations and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services and wealth management.
The Citi Solutions Centers, located in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, support Citi operations in over 50 countries globally.