Citigroup Hired Former Bank of England Governor King, FT Reports

Mervyn King, the former Bank of England governor who has lambasted bankers and the financial industry, joined Citigroup Inc. as a senior adviser in April, the Financial Times reported.

King, 68, retired from the Bank of England in 2013 after a decade overseeing U.K. monetary policy and has since taught at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His willingness to embrace radical stimulus after the financial crisis -- including taking interest rates to record lows and starting a government bond-purchasing program -- helped steer Britain clear of a depression.

King joins a line of economic policy makers to take positions at financial services firms after leaving government service. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is a senior adviser at Pacific Investment Management Co., and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is now president of private-equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC.

King has described bankers as “incompetent and greedy” and said that their compensation created a reckless culture, according to the Financial Times.

Mark Costiglio, a spokesman for New York-based Citigroup, declined to comment. King didn’t immediately respond to a message left with an assistant at New York University.

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