Roderick Hardamon – CUP Member Spotlight- Apr. 2012

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?

I am a Managing Director and the North America Head for Citi Alternative Investment Services.  I am responsible for managing one of Citi's growth businesses encompassing over 200 Hedge Fund clients and $200 billion in assets under administration. Previously, I was Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) for Citi Markets & Banking.  In this role I managed a team that identified and evaluated geographic and product market expansion opportunities that augmented corporate strategy.  With a global focus, I have been involved in executing in excess of $5 billion in transactions in over a dozen countries including Ireland, the Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, South Korea, China and India.

I began my career at Citigroup in the M&A Group of Salomon Brothers in New York. Since that time I served in Asia Pacific focusing on M&A activity in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and China; worked for the heads of the Investment Bank in formulating and implementing strategic initiatives; was a member of the Global Loans Capital Markets team assisting Fortune 500 companies maximize complex financing solutions; and was Head of Mergers and Acquisition for Cit Transaction Services

A native of Detroit, MI, I graduated from Morehouse College where I was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting & Philosophy.

What is your proudest achievement?

While we all have numerous achievements in our lives, I am most proud of three things:

  • 1. Having a wonderful family.
  • 2. Finding some semblance of balance in my life.
  • 3. Providing guidance and assistance to the generation of leaders coming after me.

 

What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?

I tend to gravitate toward thoughtful, action oriented leadership…simply put people who know how to get things done.  Steve Jobs and Reginald Lewis are two that instantly come to mind.  They both blazed remarkable trails and had a phenomenal impact on their respective industries.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I have never been a huge fan of the question: "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"  Being a big believer that the journey is more important than the actual destination, I never wanted to set limits on what I could achieve.  Life always presents us with such unique opportunities and adventures.  We should keep ourselves open to the brilliance of the unexpected.

What would be your advice to young people who want their careers and lives to have an impact?

The most important product you own is your personal brand.  Shaping how people perceive you is an important determinant to your success.  Your brand should reflect who you are at your core and what you bring to the table:  hard work, integrity, candor, good judgment, tenacity, compassion, etc.  You need to ensure that everything you do, from the way you perform on your job to how you dress, is consistent with the personal brand