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Barbara J. Desoer

Barbara J.Desoer
MBA 77

CEO
Citibank N.A.
New York, New York

As CEO of Citibank N.A., Desoer is in charge of corporate governance and franchise management for Citibank branches and subsidiaries in 101 countries.

Previously, she was COO of Citibank N.A. and president of home loans for Bank of America, where she ran the combined mortgage unit after the bank's 2008 purchase of Countrywide Financial. She currently serves on several boards, including United Way of Central Carolinas.

She has been named by US Banker as one of the "25 Powerful Women in Banking." Desoer says her time at Haas has helped her throughout her career by giving her both an analytical foundation and early leadership experience. "The MBA program provided me with a foundation of technical skills which I have applied in various roles throughout my career," she says. "Team projects in the program helped me understand group dynamics such as leadership, compromise, and how to more effectively work as a team."

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