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For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup (C) - Get Report , which just held its first investor day in nine years as the bank continues its recovery from the financial crisis and subsequent recession. Shares of Citigroup are up 163% over the past five years.
Corbat said that Citi has a long history and good bones and has been getting back to their roots of serving clients with great banking services. Citi has sold over $800 billion in non-core assets and has exited many non-core businesses to focus on its customers and on growth.
Citigroup plans on returning $20 billion a year for the next two years to shareholders in the form of buybacks and dividends and has the regulators' blessing to do so, Corbat said. Their earnings projections are built on capital returns, business performance and one rate hike a year from the Federal Reserve.
Citi is now the global leader in payments, Corbat said, moving money for the Fortune 5000 companies in 160 countries around the world. They're also the largest issuer of credit cards in the U.S. and a leader in digital payments. With operations in over 40 countries, Citi is uniquely positioned to take what works in one region and move it to the rest of the globe.
Cramer asked the Citigroup CEO how he got through the dark days of the recession when his bank failed the government stress test not once, but twice.
Corbat said he's a 34-year veteran of the firm and is proud to lead his team. He said that many younger people are afraid to fail, but failing is how you learn. Corbat said he took responsibility for those failures, learned from them and investors can now see the results in his bank's performance.
Turning to the topic of technology, Corbat explained that with so many payments flowing through Citi every day, the company has huge opportunities to monetize the big data that they collect. Investments in technology will pave the way for the future, he said, which is why it's a great time to join the banking industry. Citi is finding great people that want to be part of that excitement.
Finally, when asked why he eschewed the executive suite for a cubicle with his team, Corbat said that he's a big believer in communication. Sitting with his team in an open space creates "constructive collisions," he said, and while some were skeptical at first, the team has seen the improvements firsthand.
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