You can’t make this up.

Wanted: new members for the board of directors for a major international financial institution. Must have experience as a Chairman/CEO/COO or comparable position, special skills that do not overlap with existing board members,  and a reputation in their own right that shows they can make the kinds of judgments that board members have to make. Must be able to make decisions on behalf of all company stakeholders, and have a willingness to challenge management as needed.

I reworded it a bit, but it all comes from the official announcement. Start here and then look here (pdf).

I’m not making this up.

Citigroup needs all the help they can get, and they’re asking for suggestions. Since they asked, I’ve got a couple of names for them . . .

How about Ben Cohen or Jerry Greenfield?  They both know quite a bit about being responsive to stakeholders (which now includes us, the taxpayers).

Then there’s Larry Page and Sergei Brin — their "ten things" would transfer well to a financial giant.

But my dream nominee to the board at Citi? That "willingness to challenge management" part just screams for someone like this.

How about you — any suggestions to help out the poor folks at Citi?



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