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Walter B. Wriston (August 3, 1919 - January 19, 2005) was a banker and former chairman of Citicorp. An expert on commercial banking, Mr. Wriston wrote and spoke widely on topics relating to finance, banking, technology, and international business.
Mr. Wriston's career at Citibank/Citicorp spanned nearly forty years. He joined the company in 1946 as a Junior Inspector in the Comptroller's Division. He was assigned to the bank's Overseas Division in 1956, heading the European District for three years, and was named a Senior Vice President in 1958. Mr. Wriston became President and Chief Executive Officer of the bank in 1967 and of the corporation when it was formed in 1968. He became Chairman in 1970 and stayed with Citibank/Citicorp until his retirement in 1984. He oversaw the establishment of the bank's first credit card, the "First National City Charge Service." While at the bank and into his retirement, he testified before Senate committees to revise banking regulations.
He was a Director of ICOS Corporation, Cygnus, Inc. and Vion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He was Chairman of President Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board, a member and former Chairman of The Business Council, and a former co-Chairman and Policy committee member of the Business Roundtable. He was a Trustee of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a Life Governor of New York Presbyterian Hospital and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
After Mr. Wriston’s death in 2005, his family donated his papers to Tufts University.
This website provides an entryway to Mr. Wriston's life and work through writings, speeches, and photographs.
Tufts University’s Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) is the steward of the Walter B. Wriston Collection. Mr. Wriston was an alumnus of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He was a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citicorp and Citibank. During his almost four decades of service to Citicorp/Citibank, he revolutionized the banking system.
The Project Archivist for the Walter B. Wriston Collection was Michelle D. Romero.
This website is made possible through the generous support of Kathryn D. Wriston. Digital Collections and Archives and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy particularly thank Ms. Wriston and the Wriston family for the donation of the materials contained in the Walter B. Wriston Archives to the University's permanent collections. In addition, we would like to thank Kurt Willett, Patricia Boutenef, William Borden, and Citigroup for their assistance with the project.
We would also like to thank the Publications/Copyright holders who granted permission to display materials on the website.