Frith scoops our Journalism Awards
10 May, 2011 by Maggie Grady
Maggie Grady is the Head of Corporate Affairs for Citi Australia. Here she gives insight into the global Citi Journalism Awards which are designed to encourage and recognise excellence in business and finance reporting, for which there is no other dedicated award in Australia or New Zealand..
Every year Citi Australia & New Zealand hosts a critical and protracted search for the best business and finance writer on our shores. This is part of our philosophy that quality journalism plays a vital role in the world of business and the economy.
The prize is a prestigious one; a 10-day study tour of the United States hosted by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with journalists from around the world. This year 84 entries under five categories were scrutinised by an independent panel of Australian judges comprising business, regulatory, economic and academic leaders. They critically evaluated the entries, considering analysis, research and interviews, quality of writing/communication and relevance to determine the winners.
We are proud to announce Damon Frith as the overall winner of the 2011 Citi Australia & New Zealand Journalism Awards for Excellence for his entry "What went wrong at Rio Tinto" published in Business Review Weekly magazine.
Damon won the major prize from a tightly contested field including:
- • Chris Wright of The Australian Financial Review who took out the financial markets and personal finance categories
- • Stephen Long from the ABC Four Corners program who won the broadcast category
- • Michael Dwyer of the Australian Financial Review won the economy category.
Citi extends its congratulations to all entrants and winners for raising the bar on quality journalism.
For our announcement on the 2011 winners - www.citi.com.au/citigroup/pdf/2011_Media_Release.pdf
More on the Citi Journalism Awards for Excellence - www.citi.com.au/citigroup/community/awards.html
To read the winning entries for 2011 - www.citi.com.au/citigroup/community/2010.html
A guide inside... my night at Sepia
29 April, 2011 by Roy Gori
I can't deny it, I go to some nice restaurants as part of my job. And a few nights back I had friends visiting from overseas and my wife and I took them to Sepia on Sussex Street - one of the restaurants listed and reviewed in Citibank's new Insiders Guide.
My entrée was the Queensland spanner crab and buckwheat risotto with mustard butter and shellfish essence. Sounds like a mouthful and it was - one that I didn't want to end. For main I had roasted scampi tails, poached coral trout, leek, white miso and sea urchin emulsion beetroot infused trout roe.
Everything was amazing, but the spanner crab risotto was certainly the hit for me. Not that I'm a master food critic, but it was fantastic. It was a bursting combination of flavours, and the firmness of the buckwheat risotto with the melt-in-your-mouth crab was a real texture contrast.
To top it off we had a free bottle of wine - something which any Citibank rewards credit card customer is entitled to when they pay for their meal using their Citibank card at the Insiders Guide restaurants. Ours was the Lucien Albrecht pino blanc from Alsace, France - a perfect choice with seafood.
I've wanted to go to Sepia since I met restaurant luminaries, chef Martin Benn and partner Vicki Wild last year. The hype I'd heard about it was all true - great atmosphere, the setting sophisticated but still warm and inviting. Vicki makes you feel welcome and Martin is a creative genius. The only down side was that my spanner crab risotto couldn't last long enough.
I can't wait to go back.
It's a manner of thinking....
Monday 28 March, 2011 by Roy Gori
One of the best things about my job is the number of different and interesting people I come in contact with. It's not only our clients or my peers from other organisations, but also from within this global organisation, from Citigroup.
I've lived and worked in three countries - Australia, Singapore and Thailand - in my 24 years with Citibank, and that exposure has created a very rich experience for me personally and professionally.
It was Harmony Day recently, which is really a date in the calendar to stop and take a look around at how diverse our country - and the world - is, and why that's a good thing. I guess I see Citibank Australia and the company globally as a perfect example of that diversity as we've been operating in more than 160 very different countries and jurisdictions for a long time.
Each country has a diverse culture and way of thinking and with that comes different ways of doing business and individuals who want to use, save, spend and invest money in their own ways. That's a lot to cater for - a challenge for us - and a genuine focus for us at Citibank in Australia.
Citibank's senior leadership team in Australia is an example close to hand, we are made up of around 18 people from upbringings that reach across the globe - some of us born and educated here, many of us not. I believe that gives us a richness, an open-mindedness and as a result - strength in our differences.
The point is perhaps that we're already living in a diverse world; it's how we as individuals embrace and contribute to that diversity which will determine how much we'll benefit from it.
How diverse are we? http://www.citi.com.au/citigroup/careers/diversity.html
What is Harmony Day? www.harmony.gov.au
Calling all women... and men...
March 8, 2011
International Women's Day 2011 - PART 1
Joanne Allen, Head of Human Resources at Citi Australia, talks about the advancements and challenges of women in business in Australia and globally on the centenary of International Women's Day.
Joanne Allen, Head of Human Resources at Citi Australia.
International Women's Day 2011 - PART 2
In part two of our feature on International Women's Day, Joanne Allen explains how a gender balance at work helps create a more successful business, how men fit into the debate, and what women need to do to get noticed and promoted.
Joanne Allen, Head of Human Resources at Citi Australia.
Thanks for the followers...
Monday 14 February, 2011 by Roy Gori
I'm proud to say Citibank's Twitter page @citibankaus now has more than 1000 followers and it's become a great way to listen to and connect with our customers whose thoughts, feelings and interests help us to learn more.
Social media allows organisations to open up to the world in a way previously unimaginable. And in the past few months we've been able to give people a closer and more personal view of what we're about, our stories and what we're involved in. Social media is a classic example of the way we can now share knowledge and information and we are excited to be a part of that.
The explosion in the Australian ownership of smartphones and internet enabled devices means that our customers expect us more than ever, to be part of the online community. As always, most of the best and most positive changes in communications are lead by customers.
Join our 'Insiders'
November 26, 2010 By Roy Gori
Like me, I'm sure you enjoy dining out. We're lucky Australia is blessed with some of the finest restaurants in the world and a culture which can't get enough of shows like MasterChef.
At Citibank we love food, so now the wonderful Crave Sydney International Food Festival is over, we've decided to have our own fun.
To reward our culinary-minded customers, we have come together with Australia's best restaurants to offer a complimentary bottle of wine at any of the 250 restaurants signed to our new 'Dining Program' - http://www.citibankdining.com.au/. The wines on offer are all rated 90+ by James Halliday, meaning they're a top drop.
In case this wasn't incentive enough, early next year we are also launching 'The Insiders Guide.' We've invited Australia's leading chefs, restaurateurs, ma'tres d', sommeliers and best-selling food writers to nominate their favourite places for dining. You'll be able to discover where they go for great food and great service, in every state and territory Australia-wide.
We'd love you to get involved by nominating your 'insider tips' via our Dining Program Facebook page to be launched in early Dec.
To kick things off, here's my list of favourite places:
For a Lazy Sunday - Fourth Village, Mosman - www.fourthvillage.com.au
For Breakfast - Bathers Cafe, Mosman - http://www.batherspavilion.com.au/
For Takeaway - Bottom of the Harbour, Balmoral
For Cheap and Cheerful - Calabria Club, Manly Vale - http://calabriabowling.com.au/main/page_about_us.html
For Dining with Kids - Fratelli, Potts Point - http://www.fratelliparadiso.com/
For Romantic Dining - Jonahs, Whale Beach - http://www.jonahs.com.au/
For Wine List - Buon Ricordo, Paddington - http://www.buonricordo.com.au
For Pub Food - Australian Hotel, The Rocks - http://www.australianheritagehotel.com/
For a Big Night Out - Hugos, Kings Cross - http://www.hugos.com.au/
For One off Aussie Experience - Lord Nelson, The Rocks - http://www.lordnelsonbrewery.com/
For People Watching - Ottos, Woolloomooloo Wharf - http://www.ottoristorante.com.au/
Best Local Restaurant - II Perugino, Mosman
Best View ' Cafe Sydney, Circular Quay - http://www.cafesydney.com.au/
Best Spanish - Bodega, Surry Hills - http://www.bodegatapas.com/
Best Thai - Spice I Am, Darlinghurst - http://www.spiceiam.com/
Best Japanese - Kabuki, CBD -
Best French - Assiette, Surry Hills - http://www.restaurantassiette.com.au/
Best Italian - Vini, Surry Hills - http://www.vini.com.au/
Best Seafood - The Boathouse, Glebe - http://www.boathouse.net.au/
Favourite Asian - Spice I Am, Darlinghurst - http://www.spiceiam.com/
Favourite Yum Cha - Marigold, Chinatown - http://www.marigold.com.au/html/marigold.htm
Favourite Indian - Nilgiri's, St Leonards - http://www.nilgiris.com.au/
Favourite Middle Eastern - Ottoman Cuisine, Walsh Bay - http://www.ottomancuisine.com.au/
The Value of Sponsorship
October 01, 2010 By Roy Gori
This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary as a retail bank in Australia and we’re excited about it. Of the 16 foreign banks granted a license to trade in Australia, we’re one of only two still here so our involvement in the Australian community is very important.
We believe the key to longevity in any market is to get involved. Be part of the Australian cultural landscape. Our sporting and cultural sponsorships are one way of engaging with the community and ‘being part of it’.
Since opening in Australia, we have built important partnerships with organisations like the Sydney Swans who are a popular part of the local community. These partnerships help us to gain more insight into what makes Australia unique.
One of the things Australia is best known for internationally is its food and the quality of its produce, so this month sees the start of our 3rd year as major sponsor of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival (CSIFF).
The month-long feast of food events, where you can sample fine dining at our leading restaurants, watch the world’s best chef’s in action and browse diverse street fairs will once again showcase Sydney as one of the world's premier dining cities.
CSIFF is one of Sydney’s most popular events, each year attracting over $2.55 million worth of media coverage with more than 320,000 attendees at over 400 events. CSIFF adopts both a local and international positioning which is strongly aligned with our own thinking. At Citibank we are committed to bringing the best of the world to Australia.
We hope you enjoy this year’s CSIFF and look forward to seeing you there.
P.S. Remember for Citibank customers there are a host of exclusive offers-
Night Noodle Market VIP area
Other Citibank/SIFF offers