George Friedlander Says Goodbye to Citigroup After Forty Years

  • Friedlander first joined the Wall Street firm in 1975
  • He plans to pursue policy issues after some time off

George Friedlander, one of the best-known strategists in the $3.8 trillion municipal bond market, is leaving Citigroup Inc. after about 40 years with the bank.

Friedlander, 68, confirmed on Wednesday that he is leaving Citigroup, but not retiring. After some time off, he hopes to do part time or consulting work on the policy side of the municipal sector rather than his more familiar role as providing commentary on issuance and the status of state and local entities.

Friendlander first joined Citigroup in 1975 as an assistant to a credit analyst. He briefly left for Morgan Stanley’s wealth management division in 2009. He rejoined Citigroup in 2010 as a managing director of municipal finance.

Over his career, Friedlander was named to Institutional Investor’s "All-American Research Team" for 14 years. He was a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Market Association’s municipal division executive committee for 29 years, and received the association’s Chairman’s Contribution Award in 1997.

Friedlander received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He graduated with a a master’s degree in business administration from Pace University in New York.

The Bond Buyer newspaper reported Friedlander’s departure earlier.

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