Citi MD & intellectual property expert named incoming president for Women in Banking and Finance

  • Vivienne Artz is a Citi Managing Director and General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Technology and Privacy Legal for the EMEA and APAC regions
  • The former WIBF Champion for Women award winner will lead the organisation from April
  • She encourages women in the sector to “exploit their most powerful ally – their network”

Vivienne Artz

New President of WIBF

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London – 09 February 2017

Women in Banking and Finance, the leading UK-wide networking and development organisation for women working in the financial sector, today announced the appointment of its new president.

Vivienne Artz, Managing Director, Citi, will lead the network from April 2017. She takes over from outgoing president, Janet Thomas, Founder and CEO of TouchFX. Vivienne will take the helm at WIBF in the year the organisation celebrates twenty years of its prestigious WIBF Awards for Achievement. Vivienne was the winner of the 2016 WIBF Champion for Women Award.

Outgoing president Janet Thomas said: “Vivienne has forged an outstandingly successful career in the finance industry. During this time she has played an active role in ensuring that other women fulfil their potential too, devoting time and energy to women’s networks and providing sage counsel to individuals.

“This year marks twenty years of the WIBF Awards for Achievement. Twenty years of celebrating the inspiring women working in the sector. So it is particularly poignant that in this anniversary year an awards winner herself should be selected to lead WIBF.

“With her intellectual rigour, I know that Vivienne will combine inspiring thought-leadership with effective network leadership. I have every confidence in Vivienne’s proven skills, strengths and focus. I know she will lead Women and Banking and Finance to be an even more powerful force for women in our sector.”

Incoming president Vivienne Artz said: “In 2016, I was honoured to receive the Champion for Women Award and I can think of no better way to put that amazing award and recognition into practice, than to step up and lead WIBF.

“I am proud to take on the role of WIBF President in 2017, it is a special year for WIBF, celebrating twenty years of the WIBF Awards for Achievement. I want to use the celebration as an opportunity to inspire and encourage women in the sector to exploit their most powerful ally – their network. I know that women in our sector need this network. These are challenging times for our industry. The world and the sector are uneasy. It makes it even more important for women and members, corporate and individual, to be able to turn to each other for advice and to share good practice.

“My vision for WIBF is to build on the excellent modernising work which has been started by the current president and executive board, and to ensure that WIBF continues to not only be relevant to its individual and corporate members, but that it also serves as the professional network for banking and finance in the UK and beyond. I look forward to working with members to improve the circumstances of women in our industry and to celebrate their achievements.”


Vivienne Artz is a Managing Director and General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Technology and Privacy Legal for the EMEA and APAC regions in the General Counsel’s Office at Citi, in London.

Prior to joining Citi in 2000, Vivienne worked in private practice in London.

Vivienne chairs the AFME Data Protection Working Group, the International Regulatory Strategy Group Data Working Group and is an active participant of the Data Working Group at the BBA, as well as a Steering Committee member for the Technology Discussion Group. Vivienne has recently been appointed to the IAPP European Advisory Board having also served as a co-chair of the IAPP Knowledge Net for the UK, a co-chair of the UK Citi Women Network, chair of the Legal Diversity Council for EMEA, and is currently a Citi Women Community Ambassador. Vivienne was awarded the Women in Banking and Finance Champion for Women Award in 2016.

Notes to editors

WIBF is a non-profit membership organisation founded in 1980. Our corporate members include global financialservices companies, major banks and firms servicing the industry. Inpartnership with our internal networks, our individual members and our LinkedIn and Twitter following, WIBF reaches thousands of professionals across the UK and Ireland. WIBF organises a variety of highly sought after events that address the needs and aspirations of corporate and individual members to develop, showcase and retain female talent and contribution. Every year since 1998, the WIBF Achievement Awards have celebrated top talents in the industry, recognising and rewarding remarkable achievements.

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services,
including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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