Ex-Time Warner Chief Will Lead Citigroup

Richard Parsons, an Obama adviser, will be chair of ailing bank
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 21, 2009 7:57 PM CST
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(Newser) – Former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons—an economic adviser on Barack Obama's transition team—will become the new chairman of Citigroup next month. The ailing bank has suffered five straight quarters of losses and received $45 billion in government aid as it struggles to stay afloat amid the credit crisis. Last week, the company said it would reorganize into two units as it reported a fourth-quarter loss of $8.29 billion.

Parsons succeeds Win Bischoff, who became chairman in December 2007 after the company let go of its embattled CEO and chairman at the time, Charles Prince. The move is effective Feb. 23. As criticism escalated over the past several weeks, so did speculation that Parsons—one of the only directors with experience in both banking and leading a large company—would become chairman.