Winfried Bischoff

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Sir Winfried Franz Wilhelm "Win" Bischoff (born 10 May 1941) is an Anglo-German banker and former chairman of Lloyds Banking Group. He previously served as chairman and interim CEO of Citigroup in 2007.[1][2] He was succeeded as CEO by Vikram Pandit on 11 December 2007. Bischoff stepped down as chairman on 23 February 2009 and was replaced by Richard Parsons.[3] He has dual British and German citizenship.[4] Bischoff was knighted in 2000.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Aachen, Germany and had an early education in Cologne and Düsseldorf. In 1955 he moved to Johannesburg where he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1961.

Professional career[edit]

He worked in the International Department of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1962 to 1963.[5]

He joined J. Henry Schroder & Co. Limited in London in 1966 in its Company Finance Division. In 1971 he became Managing Director of Schroders Asia Limited in Hong Kong. He became Group Chief Executive of Schroders plc in December 1984, when Schroders was worth £30 million. He became chairman in May 1995. In 2000 the investment banking division of the company was acquired for £1.3 billion by Citi through its Smith Barney subsidiary.[6]

He joined Citi as chairman of Citigroup Europe and was a member of The Operating Committee of Citigroup Inc., a position he held until appointed chairman in November 2007. He is a non-executive director at S&P Global, Eli Lilly and Company, Land Securities, Akbank and Prudential.

On 27 July 2009, he was appointed as chairman designate of Lloyds Banking Group and took up the position of chairman on 15 September 2009. He held this position until his retirement on 3 April 2014.[7]

In May 2014 he was appointed as chairman of the UK Financial Reporting Council.

He is a member of the 30% Club, a group of FTSE-100 Chairmen committed to having at least 30% of their Boardmembers being female.[8]


  1. ^ "Sir Win Bischoff". Citigroup. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  2. ^ "Citi | Responsible Finance - Financial Ingenuity - Global Bank". Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  3. ^ Seib, Christine (22 January 2009). "Sir Win Bischoff to leave early from chairmanship of Citigroup". The Times. London. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  4. ^ "Sir Win Bischoff – who he?". Financial Times. 5 November 2007.
  6. ^ Citigroup boss banks on his 'foot soldiers' - The Times - September 17, 2006
  7. ^ "Lloyds Banking Group PLC: Lord Blackwell appointed as Chairman". 2 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Members – 30 Percent Club".

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Business positions
Preceded by
Sir Victor Blank
Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group
Succeeded by
The Lord Blackwell
Preceded by
Charles Prince
CEO of Citigroup
November – December 2007
Succeeded by
Vikram Pandit
Preceded by
Robert Rubin
Chairman of Citigroup
Succeeded by
Richard Parsons