Catherine Simmons (2019 Annual)
Managing Director, APAC Head of Government Affairs
Catherine joined Citi in September 2013 as head of Government Affairs for Asia Pacific. Catherine works closely with senior management, business heads, and Citi Country Officers to protect and enhance Citi’s interests by engaging with policymakers and industry groups on a wide range of issues. Catherine also coordinates and manages the Citi Government Affairs representatives in the region and chairs the Citi Asia Pacific Global Regulatory Reform Committee.
Prior to joining Citi, Catherine worked at State Street Bank and Trust as Head of Regulatory, Industry and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific. Before that Catherine was a diplomat at the Australian Embassy Beijing, a research fellow in the Faculty of Law and Politics at Keio University Japan and a policy advisor in the Australian Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign Affairs and Trade on political, strategic and trade issues.
Catherine has played an active role in various industry associations, including the U.S. National Centre for APEC (Board Member), US-ASEAN Business Council (Financial Services and ASEAN Committee Member), Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Alternate Board Member and Public Policy Committee Member) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (Financial Services Committee Head and Board Member). Catherine has also been active in the APEC Business Advisory Council, Advisory Group on APEC Financial System Capacity Building and the APEC Asia Pacific Financial Forum.
Catherine speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese.