NEW YORK—New York City deputy mayor Edward Skyler will join Citigroup as executive vice president, global public affairs. In a newly created position, Skyler will lead all external and internal communications and share leadership of government affairs and investor relations. He will be responsible for Citi's global dialogues with the public, governments and investors are effective and consistent.
Skyler will report directly to Citi CEO Vikram Pandit and serve on the company’s senior leadership and executive committees. According to Pandit: "Ed Skyler has proven his ability to excel in the most challenging of environments. His good judgment, work ethic and problem-solving skills will serve Citi well as he directs our strategy for communicating to a variety of critical constituencies. I look forward to his counsel and his joining my leadership team."
Skyler, who will join Citi in early May, is currently the New York City deputy mayor for operations. He has overseen the City's main operational agencies and served as a top budget, legislative and labor negotiator for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He oversaw four consecutive balanced and on-time City budgets; negotiated legislation to reform lobbying and "pay-to-play" practices; and reached agreements with labor unions to reduce pension and health costs. He has overseen a variety of critical initiatives, such as sustainability planning and the Mayor's campaign against illegal guns.
Skyler has been a member of Mayor Bloomberg's administration since its inception in 2002, serving previously as the press secretary, communications director and deputy mayor for administration. He had worked in the corporate communications group of Bloomberg before joining Bloomberg's successful 2001 campaign for Mayor as its press secretary.