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Citi Belfast announces new Site Lead Peter Holden

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Citibank N. A. (UK Branch)

26th Feb 2024

Punctuating an exemplary 26-year tenure with Citi, Global Head of Enterprise Services, Peter Holden has been named as the new Site Lead for Citi Belfast. Peter will bring a wealth of experience, leadership and significant local knowledge which will continue to benefit staff of Northern Ireland’s largest financial services employer.

Peter’s journey with Citi began in 1998 in his native Australia and he has worked across various positions at local, regional, and global levels, in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and London before moving to Belfast in 2007. He has now lived and worked for over 15 years alongside his wife, a Northern Ireland native, and three teenage sons.

In his functional role at Citi, Peter is responsible for teams and infrastructure which delivers, supports and secures the technology estate that powers Citi’s applications. Peter, alongside his team in Belfast led the transition for the global bank to working from home during the pandemic where, over a 4-month period, his team expanded remote working capacity for Citi’s global workforce to enable a secure, remote work from home environment with minimal disruption to both clients and colleagues in over 100 countries around the world.

Peter is also a champion of diversity and inclusion at Citi, with his allyship stemming from personal experiences in the workplace. As the business sponsor for Citi’s Pride Inclusion Network, Peter has advocated for LGBTQ+ rights internally and externally across Northern Ireland, holding a strong belief that the entire workforce – and the work it produces – are truly enriched by meaningful engagement with Citi’s diverse team across the board.

“Diversity on levels is an organisation’s biggest strength,” he has previously said. “It’s important when working for a global company like ours, that we are providing services which resonate and cater for a diverse global population, and to do this, the work should reflect the diversity of its customers.” He was recognised by LGBT Great as one of the Top 50 Executive Allies, with Citi Belfast being named in 2023 as a Top 100 LGBTQ+ inclusive employer in the UK, ranking 10th out of more than 250 organisations on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

In an internal communication in early February Tiina Lee, Citi’s UK COO, formally announced Peter’s appointment as Site Lead whilst expressing gratitude to Leigh Meyer, former Site Lead for Belfast, for his dedication to Citi over his 25-year career. She assured the local teams of a smooth transition under Peter’s leadership and highlighted her confidence in Peter’s ability to lead the site to further success.

Expressing his gratitude to Leigh for his leadership and laying the groundwork for Citi’s success in Belfast, Peter said, “I am delighted to be appointed Site Head for Belfast. Our colleagues are passionate about what they do, and I am proud to lead such a dedicated group of people. I am confident that together we will continue to add great value to the local community and to Citi globally.”