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Bill Rhodes '53, chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Northfield Mount Hermon, has published a new book, "Banker to the World: Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Finance" (McGraw-Hill; April: $25), with stories, anecdotes, and an array of insights  about the global financial crises of the last 50 years. According to a press release from the publisher, the book "reaches beyond the details of past crises and takes readers directly into the negotiating rooms where major deals were done that impacted the solvency of bank creditors and the health of sovereign debtors."
This book is unique for the range of crises it describes and for the global landscape of banking opportunities it discusses. At one point, ahead of the Asian crisis of the 1990s, Rhodes is leading risk management planning at Citi; then he is resolving a vast debt problem for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation; then he is sweating in talks on Nicaraguan debt with AK47-toting Sandinistas – a negotiation that was to see Rhodes rewarded with a box of Fidel Castro’s finest cigars.

Rhodes recently retired as Senior Vice Chairman of Citi after a career that started in 1957. The book also includes insights about Citi itself, according the press release, "from negotiating a key stake in a major bank in China, to leading the international banking community in opening offices in South Africa, in China, across Eastern and Central Europe and in Israel."

Rhodes is president and CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC, and professor-at-large at Brown University.  He is also a senior advisor for Citi. He is the retired senior vice chairman and senior international officer of Citigroup and Citibank.

The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce will be holding a book signing with Rhodes. The date has not yet been announced.

From the press release: Rhodes is a director of the Private Export Funding Corporation; chairman of the U.S.-Korea Business Council; vice chairman of the National Committee on U.S.- China Relations; a director of the U.S.–Hong Kong Business Council; a director of the Korea Society; a director of the U.S.-China Business Council; a member of South Korean president Lee’s Council of Global Advisors; a member of the International Advisory Board of the National Bank of Kuwait; a senior advisor to the Dalian Government in China; a member of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Private Sector Advisory Board; a member of the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; a member of the board at the Foreign Policy Association; a trustee of the Asia Society; and a trustee of the Economic Club of New York; and a senior advisor to the World Economic Forum.  He is also a member of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum and a member of the Advisory Council of the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce, the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Group of Thirty. He is a first vice chairman emeritus of the Institute of International Finance and chairman emeritus of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas. He previously served as chairman of the New York Blood Center and the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade. Rhodes is a governor and trustee of The New York-Presbyterian Hospital; a member of the Lincoln Center Consolidated Corporate Fund Leadership Committee; a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Business Committee and Chairman’s Committee.