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Citi’s Corbat Pursues ‘Slow’ Reopening Amid Commuter Fears

  • CEO says employees remain anxious about trains, subways, buses
  • Bank is committed to offices, has no plans to go virtual
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Citigroup Inc. plans to reopen its New York headquarters to a small number of employees as soon as July, and workers will return to London offices even earlier, as Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat gingerly pushes the bank forward into a world reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s going to be driven by data, it’s likely to be slow, it’s going to be granular, site-by-site and within those sites, job-by-job,” Corbat said in a Bloomberg “Front Row” interview. On a follow-up phone call, he said sometime in July or possibly August is when Citigroup hopes to return about 5% of the 12,000-odd staff at its main building in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. Re-entry will begin next month at the Canary Wharf complex in London.