Citigroup Announces New Information Technology Center in Cincinnati by bau17118


									Citigroup Announces New Information Technology Center in Cincinnati USA

                      Citigroup (NYSE: C) has announced plans to open a new Information Technology
                      (IT) and Consumer Innovation Training Center to support its Global Consumer Group
                      North America businesses in Blue Ash. The state of the art training center, expected
to open in October of this year, will eventually house up to 1,000 technology professionals. The center has
the potential to increase the number of Citigroup employees in Cincinnati USA to more than 4,500,
making the company one of the area’s largest private-sector employers.

“This is great news for Ohio,” said Senator George Voinovich. “The 1,000 new jobs will have a significant
economic impact, and the quality of the IT workforce in Cincinnati will help keep the United States
competitive in the global marketplace."

Ohio Congresswoman Jean Schmidt added, "I am absolutely delighted that a company as well run as
Citigroup would choose Cincinnati as an IT hub. These types of jobs are our very future. Today is a very
good day for Cincinnati and our future.”

The Consumer Innovation Center will serve as a place to collaborate and realize ideas. The company
plans to work with consumers, industry leaders and regional universities in their innovation lab. “The
innovation center will focus on generating new ideas and converting the best of them into enhanced
products, services and ventures that will benefit Citigroup customers,” said Mitchell Habib, Chief
Information Officer for Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group North America.

“We were attracted to this area because of the large local and regional pool of IT professionals, the
excellent universities, and it’s easily accessible location,” added Habib.

“Citigroup is pleased to grow our already large presence in the region and to continue to build strong
relationships with community groups and leaders,” said Gregg Morton, President of Citigroup’s Florence
Site and the Chairman of Citigroup’s Regional Leadership Council. “We remain fully committed to our
strategic growth plan in Kentucky and we are excited to deepen and broaden our relationships on both
sides of the river.”

Citigroup currently has two operations sites in Kentucky – a 2,700-employee facility in Florence opened in
1989 that supports customers of Citi Cards, Smith Barney, Citibank and Primerica; and a 1,300-employee
Citi Cards site in Louisville that opened last year and provides service primarily for Sears card customers.

In Columbus, Ohio, Citigroup currently employs 600 individuals in a 200,000 square-foot Citi Cards
Transactions Services Center. The company also has a number of CitiFinancial branches and Smith
Barney offices in both Ohio and Kentucky. Agents of Primerica, another Citigroup subsidiary, who operate
independently, also do business in the region.

Citigroup (NYSE: C), the leading global financial services company has some 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 100 countries, providing
consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment
banking, securities brokerage, and wealth management. Major brand names under Citigroup's trademark red umbrella include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Smith Barney
and Banamex. Additional information may be found at

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