William Rhodes is president and chief executive of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC which was founded in 2010. He stepped back from full time responsibilities with Citi after more than fifty-three years with the institution. He most recently served as senior advisor, senior vice chairman and senior international officer of Citigroup and Citibank before his retirement in 2010. Subsequent to his retirement, he continued to serve as a senior advisor to Citi from 2010 through 2017.
Mr. Rhodes gained a reputation for international financial diplomacy in the 1980s and 1990s as a result of his leadership in helping manage the external-debt crisis that involved developing nations and their creditors worldwide. He headed the advisory committees of international banks that negotiated debt-restructuring agreements for Argentina, Brazil, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay. He has since served as a trusted advisor to governments, financial officials, and corporations worldwide. In 2011, Mr. Rhodes published Banker to the World: Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Finance.
Mr. Rhodes is a governor and life trustee of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he has established the William Rhodes and Louise Tilzer-Rhodes Center for Glioblastoma; a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Chairman’s Council; and a vice chairman of the Business Committee. He is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Northfield Mount Hermon School where he helped establish the Rhodes Arts Center.
In addition, with his generous support, Mr. Rhodes helped establish The William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance at Brown University.
Mr. Rhodes is a director of the Private Export Funding Corporation; a senior advisor to Oliver Wyman; a member of chairman’s advisory council for The Hudson Institute; member of the Board of Directors for the Volcker Alliance; chairman emeritus of the US-Korea Business Council; vice chairman of the National Committee on US-China Relations; a director of the Korea Society; a member of the Advisory Board of the Museum of American Finance; a senior economic advisor to the Dalian Government in China; and a member of the Board at the Foreign Policy Association. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Group of Thirty, and the Advisory Council of the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce. He is the first vice chairman emeritus of the Institute of International Finance and chairman emeritus of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas. He previously served as chairman of the New York Blood Center, the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade, and the US Hong Kong Business Council. He is a director of many for-profit and nonprofit organizations and has received numerous decorations and honors from governments and institutions, including an honorary doctorate in humane letters from his alma mater, Brown University.