Managing Director and Head of US Equities for Citigroup since September 2003, Jim O’Donnell originally joined Citigroup in 1999 as managing director, head of European equities based in London. In 2000, he was appointed head of equities for Europe-based Schroder Salomon Smith Barney.
Prior to working for Citigroup, O’Donnell was president and CEO of HSBC Securities Inc. in New York. His responsibilities included all equity, debt, futures, and investment banking operations for the HSBC group in the US. O’Donnell was also CEO of HSBC James Capel and HSBC’s Global Equity business. Before joining HSBC, he was president and CEO of NatWest Securities in the US. From 1986 through early 1990, O’Donnell worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. as head of sales and trading for international equities, and in 1989 he was made co-head of global equity trading based in New York. O’Donnell, a second-generation Irish American whose family came from Galway, received a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion from Princeton University.