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Vikram Pandit

Vikram Pandit
Pandit at the World Economic Forum in 2011.
Born Vikram Shankar Pandit
(1957-01-14) 14 January 1957 [1]
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India[2]
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Columbia University, BS, MS, MBA, PhD
Occupation Banker
Years active 1983–present
Title Ex-CEO of Citigroup
Board member of
Columbia University
Columbia Business School
Indian School of Business
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Swati[3]
Children Rahul and Maya[3]

Vikram Shankar Pandit (born 14 January 1957 in Marathi : विक्रम पंडित ) is an Indian-born American banker.[4] He is the former chief executive of Citigroup, a position he held from December 2007[5] until he was forced to resign, on October 16, 2012.[6][7]

He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and MBA and Ph.D in Finance from Columbia Business School. Pandit, a naturalized citizen of the United States, lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Early life and education

Vikram Pandit was born in Dhantoli locality of Nagpur, Maharashtra, India to an affluent Brahmin[8] marathi family. His father, Shankar B. Pandit, was an executive director at Sarabhai Chemicals in Baroda.[9][10][11]

He completed his schooling at the Dadar Parsee Youths Assembly High School in Dadar, Mumbai and when he was 16 years old, moved to the United States[9] to attend Columbia University.[12]

As a student, Pandit went to Columbia University[9] for his undergraduate program and, in 1976, earned his B.S., electrical engineering degree in only three years. He completed his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1977. He then turned to business studies & finance and earned an M.B.A in 1980 followed by a PhD in finance from Columbia Business School in 1986, after publishing a thesis involving a complex financial puzzle, titled "Asset prices in a heterogeneous consumer economy".[9][13][14][15]

Professional career

Early career and Morgan Stanley (1983–2005)

During his early professional years, he taught economics at Columbia, then had a stint as a professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada.

He joined Institutional securities division.

He was instrumental in building Morgan Stanley's Institutional securities and Investment banking businesses.[3]

In 2005, after more than two decades with Morgan Stanley, Vikram Pandit decided to leave the firm along with John Havens after being passed over by Philip J. Purcell.[17][18]

Post Morgan Stanley and joining Citigroup (2006 – 2012)

In March 2006, Pandit and hedge fund Old Lane LLC.[19] Citi bought the company in 2007 for $800 million, bringing both Pandit and Havens into Citi leadership.[20] Citi named Pandit chairman and CEO of Citi Alternative Investments (CAI) unit and he later led Citi's Institutional Clients Group.

On 11 December 2007, Pandit was named the new CEO of Citigroup, replacing interim-CEO Sir Winfried Bischoff. Pandit was strongly supported by then interim chairman of Citigroup Robert Rubin,[21] the effective successor to Chuck Prince. Prince had resigned as chairman and CEO of Citigroup in November 2007, due to unexpectedly poor third-quarter performance, mainly due to CDO- and MBS-related losses.

On 11 February 2009, Pandit testified to Congress that he had declared to his board of directors, "My salary should be $1 per year with no bonus until we return to profitability."[22][23][24] He also struck an apologetic tone for letting the bank consider completing the purchase of a private jet plane after receiving some $45 billion in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds.[25] His total 2009 compensation was $128,751, with a base salary of $125,001 and other compensation of $3,750.[26]

In January 2011, after working for two years for a salary of $1 a year, his annual base was raised to $1.75 million for the progress Citi made under Vikram’s leadership.[26][27][28] After posting five consecutive quarterly profits, Citigroup in May 2011, announced $23.2m retention award to Pandit making him one of the highest paid CEOs.[29][30] In April 2012, shareholder voted against increasing his pay to $15 million. About 55% of the votes cast were against the compensation package.[31]

His co-chairing of Davos 2012 was criticised,[32] with Mike Mayo, an analyst with Credit Agricole Securities in New York remarking: "What kind of signal does that send that the bank that was the worst-performing in our country over the last decade and whose stock price is still down significantly since he took over is the ambassador for our financial industry?"[33] At Davos 2012, Pandit said that Citigroup was going "back to the basics of banking" in response to public anger about the financial crisis, and argued that, "The single biggest issue facing us is the question of jobs," giving an estimate of 400 million jobs in the next 10 years.[34]


On October 16, 2012, Pandit unexpectedly resigned as Citigroup CEO.[7] Michael Corbat, previously Citigroup's CEO of Europe, Middle East, and Africa, was named as his replacement.[35] While Pandit and the company maintain that he resigned, Bloomberg News cited anonymous board sources indicating that Pandit was forced out by the board after eroding investor confidence and damaging company relations with regulators over an extended period.[36] The New York Times later identified Chairman Michael E. O'Neill as the driving force behind a months-long secret effort to oust Pandit, which culminated in a surprise ultimatum to Pandit stating that he must resign immediately, resign at the end of the year, or be fired.[37] His resignation followed multiple payouts to investors during ongoing fraud allegations.[38][39][40]


While CEO of Citigroup in 2007, Vikram S. Pandit earned an annualized compensation of $3,164,320, which included a base salary of $250,000, stocks granted of $2,914,320, and options granted of $0.[26] In 2008, he earned a total compensation of $38,237,437, which included a base salary of $958,333, stocks granted of $28,830,000, and options granted of $8,432,911. However, after adjusting for Citigroup’s sunken share price, the package was worth just a few million dollars.[28] Pandit did receive $165 million for his hedge fund which was purchased by Citi in 2007.[41] The fund has since been shuttered. In 2012, Citigroup shareholders voted in favor of a non-binding resolution to reject a $15 million pay package for Pandit. In November 2012, Pandit was issued about $6.7 million in 2012 compensation.[42]

Post Citigroup

It was reported in April 2014 that Pandit has become chairman of TGG Group the holding company for three units: TGG, its core consulting and advisory division; The Greatest Good, a consulting business serving non-profits; and, TGG Ventures, an innovation and co-venturing arm.[43]

It was reported in May 2013 that Pandit and Hari Aiyar, another Indian executive, were acquiring a 3 percent equity stake in JM Financial and launching a $100 million fund to invest in distressed assets.[44]

Board Memberships and honors

Pandit is a member of the boards of Columbia University, Columbia Business School, the Indian School of Business, and Trinity School. He also serves as director of the Institute of International Finance.[45] He was on the board of NASDAQ OMX, the New York City Investment Fund, from 2000 to 2003.

In 2008, Pandit was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.[1]

Personal life

Pandit lives in an apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City. He and his wife, Swati, have two children, Rahul and Maya.[46]


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  32. ^ Jonathan Weil (26 January 2012). "Pandit Does Davos, 0.1% Gloat, Madness Reigns". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 January 2012. It's stunning when you think about it: How does Pandit, who owes much of his fortune to the American public's largess, wind up being showcased as a paragon of leadership and free enterprise, little more than a year after the U.S. Treasury finally sold the last of its Citigroup common stock? 
  33. ^ Christine Harper; Elisa Martinuzzi (24 January 2012). "Pandit Pariah No More as U.S. Bankers in Ascendance at Davos". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 January 2012. Some of Pandit's critics at home question whether he should take a bigger role at Davos given his bank's underperformance. Shares in the lender, which received a $45 billion government bailout during the financial crisis, have plunged 94 percent in the past decade, the most of the 24 companies in the KBW Bank Index, and 91 percent since Pandit became CEO in 2007. 
  34. ^ Keith Campbell; Christine Harper (25 January 2012). "Citigroup Targets Banking Basics Amid 'Anger,' Pandit Says". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
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  37. ^ Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Susanne Craig (October 25, 2012). "Citi Chairman Is Said to Have Planned Chief's Exit Over Months". New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  38. ^ Independent (November 8, 2012). "Why Is The S.E.C. Concealing Massive Citigroup Fraud?". Daily Bail. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  39. ^ Independent (September 5, 2012). "Did Citigroup Defraud Billions from U.S. Ally Abu Dhabi?". Alter Net. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  40. ^ "Citigroup to pay $2 billion to Enron investors". NBC News. October 6, 2005. Retrieved October 6, 2005. 
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  43. ^
  44. ^ Braithwaite, Tom. "Pandit Returns to Banking via India". The Financial Times. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
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External links

  • Vikram Pandit speaks at Wharton on current crisis.
  • Charlie Rose | A conversation with Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup
  • Vikram Pandit joins race for Indian banking licences.
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Preceded by
Win Bischoff
Citigroup CEO
Succeeded by
Michael Corbat
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