Sir Winfried Bischoff is chairman of Citi Europe and a member of the management committee of Citi Inc. He was elected to the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company in 2000.
After early education in Cologne and Dusseldorf Germany he moved to South Africa in 1955 and obtained a bachelor of commerce degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1961. From 1962 to 1963 he was attached to the international department of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.
Bischoff joined the company finance division of J. Henry Schroder & Co. Limited London (the London Investment Bank of the Schroder Group) in 1966 and transferred to the bank's international issues department in 1970. The next year he was appointed managing director of Schroders Asia Limited Hong Kong. In 1983 he returned to London in charge of the company finance division of J. Henry Schroder & Co. He was appointed chairman of J. Henry Schroder & Co. in 1983 and in addition group chief executive of Schroders plc in 1984. In 1995 he was named chairman of Schroders plc. Following the acquisition of Schroders' investment banking business by Salomon Smith Barney Inc. a subsidiary of Citigroup Inc. he assumed his present position.
He is a nonexecutive director of The McGraw-Hill Companies New York and of Land Securities plc since 1999. He is a past member of the boards of Siemens Holdings plc Cable and Wireless plc and IFIL Finanziaria di Partecipazioni SPA Italy.
He is a member of the City Promotion Panel and a member of the Council for Industry and Higher Education. He was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list in 2000.