Citigroup executive to speak at GGC summer commencement

John Tien

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has invited John Tien, managing director at Citigroup, to serve as the keynote speaker for the college’s summer commencement to be held at the Infinite Energy Center Arena at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 2.

Currently serving as the chief operating officer for Citi’s largest American Express co-brand credit card portfolio, Tien’s team services more than 15 million customers. His previous roles at Citi include head of operations for Citi Retail Services’ largest MasterCard co-brand credit card portfolio, chief administration officer for Citi’s Global Consumer Operations and Technology organization and chief of staff for its Global Fraud Prevention division.

Tien holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was the number one military-ranked cadet, and an M.A. in political science from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Tien also was an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, a White House Fellow in the Clinton Administration, National Security Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a senior national security adviser in the Bush and Obama Administrations. He is a recent alumnus of Leadership Atlanta and as a retired U.S. Army Colonel, serves on two military veterans non-profit boards: nationally as the board chair of The Mission Continues; and locally, as a board member of The Warrior Alliance.

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