Les Matheson is Division Executive for the Asia Pacific Region as well as the Citi Country Officer (CCO) for Australia. He serves on the Citi Management Committee and the Global Consumer Planning Group. He is Head of the Global Consumer Group businesses in Australia, the Philippines, and Guam. Les was appointed CCO for Australia in March 2003.
From 1999 to 2001, Les was Business Head of Retail Banking in Japan, where he was responsible for the branch banking liabilities business. At the same time he was also Head of Marketing for the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to that, Les headed the Citigold Wealth Management Division for Asia Pacific, whilst heading Marketing for Asia Pacific across all consumer businesses. From 1997 to 1998, based in Taiwan, he was Head of Internet Development Asia Pacific and Head of Marketing for North Asia.
Prior to joining Citibank, Les worked across a number of Divisions of Kraft Foods International, latterly as General Manager in Argentina and Head of Strategic Planning Latin America. Prior to that, he was European Marketing Director, working across West and Eastern Europe.
Les began his business career with Proctor & Gamble in 1982 with a classic brand management training. He worked across all P&G's product groups and through various levels of management to Marketing Manager UK.
Les has lived and worked in the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, Argentina, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and Australia.
Originally from Scotland, Les graduated from Edinburgh University with an Honours degree in Commerce with a specialisation in Marketing. He is a Director of the Australian Bankers Association and served as Deputy Chairman from 2003 to 2005.