Magazine article American Banker

Hard-Driving George P. DiNardo to Run Citicorp's Asia Systems

Magazine article American Banker

Hard-Driving George P. DiNardo to Run Citicorp's Asia Systems

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NEW YORK -- Outspoken bank technology executive George P. DiNardo has been hired by Citicorp to run the bank's systems for its fast-growing operations in Asia.

Mr. DiNardo, 55, is best known for his 21-year, high-profile career at Mellon Bank Corp., where he led a drive that helped put Mellon in the forefront of many bank technology businesses.

Mr. DiNardo began his new job on Monday, heading technology for Citi's Asian offices. He and his wife left for Singapore late last week, and Mr. DiNardo says he expects to be there for a year or two.

"This is the most exciting opportunity I've had yet," he said.

|Lead the Charge'

Just before moving to Citicorp, Mr. DiNardo worked as a bank consultant at Coopers & Lybrand's New York office.

But he seems more at home heading a technology effort, rather than advising those who would lead. "This is who I am," he said. "I like to lead the charge."

He will work closely with Colin Crook, Citicorp's technology chief in charge of consolidating systems and putting in place standards to allow Citi's plethora of disparate computers and date networks to communicate.

From the Old School

Mr. DiNardo is one of the old school of bank technology chiefs who, like Bipin Shah, formerly of CoreStates Financial Corp., and John Singleton, who worked at Security Pacific Bank, came into their own in the mid-1980s. The technology czars oversaw the building of multimillion-dollar systems to automate branches and back offices, and commanded to titles and high salaries. …

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