Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Citigroup Banker Found Dead with Throat Slit

A Citigroup investment banker was found dead with his throat slashed in the bathtub of his swanky downtown apartment, authorities said Wednesday, reports NyPo. It did not appear to be a suicide.

Shawn D. Miller, Citigroup’s managing director of environmental and social risk management, was discovered around 3 p.m. Tuesday by a doorman in the Greenwich Street building, law enforcement sources said.

“We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with Shawn’s family at this time,” said a statement sent out by Citigroup.

 According to an online profile Miller was a “pioneer in sustainable finance” and a specialist in emerging markets at the International Finance Corp., part of the World Bank.


From his Linked-In page:



A thought leader and pioneer in sustainable finance focused on creating change and building sustainable business through collaboration, engagement and partnership with others. A leading sustainable finance professional, Mr. Miller has been at the center of the movement to lead the banking industry to responsible and sustainable practices in project finance, and corporate and investment banking activities. Senior roles at Citigroup focused on creation of robust management systems, environmental and social risk policy development, and transaction review including implementation of the Equator Principles and Carbon Principles. Member of the Equator Principles Association Steering Committee for a number of years, and served as Chair of the Steering Committee (2010-2012). Mr. Miller was a co-author of Equator Principles (2006) and member of the Drafting Committee of the recent third iteration of the Principles (2013).

Mr. Miller was a recipient of a 2007 Financial Times Sustainable Banking Awards “Chairman’s Award for Leadership in Sustainable Project Finance” and 2006 co-recipient of “Special Commendation for Sustainable Banker of the Year” from the Financial Times Sustainable Banking Awards.

Key roles at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) focused on policy development, engagement with civil society, and social analysis and review of investment projects in the extractive industries (mining, oil and gas), hydropower and agribusiness. Experience working on projects in numerous countries ranging from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to Uganda, Tanzania, Togo and Bangladesh.

Known as a problem solver and innovator, Mr. Miller focuses on practical sustainability, CSR and stakeholder engagement solutions that work for business and their stakeholders. He has been quoted or featured in The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Boston Globe and other publications.


Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management

 – Present (3 years 1 month)New York, NY
Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) for Citi. Senior-level MD responsible for overseeing Environmental and Social Risk policy development and implementation in over 100 countries across the globe. This includes advising senior management, risk management colleagues, banking partners and clients on implementation of Citi's environmental and social policies and obligations on transactions ranging from project finance to capital markets (bonds and IPOs) in a wide variety of industry sectors (oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, power, cement, renewable energy) in addition to thematic areas such as Sustainable Forestry and client/transaction-related aspects of human rights. Additionally, close coordination and partnership with Citi's Corporate Sustainability Unit on a wide-range of issues related to strategy, public reporting, human rights, engagement with stakeholders - including at times managing crisis communications - and other CSR and sustainability themes.
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past Chair of the Steering Committee (2010-2012)

Equator Principles Association
 –  (2 years 3 months)
Elected Chair of the Equator Principles Association Steering Committee which included leading management, strategy and acting as chief spokesperson for the Association.

Director - Environmental and Social Risk Management

 –  (7 years)Greater New York City Area
Hired initially to implement the Equator Principles for project finance, this role evolved rapidly to cover a wider array of transactions beyond project finance resulting in development of Citigroup's first Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) Policy. The ESRM Unit was given a global responsibility to formulate robust yet commercially minded environmental and social policies and standards for Citigroup transactions. The ESRM Unit worked closely with Citi's Environmental Affairs Unit on engagement with stakeholders and public reporting of Citigroup's environmental obligations. Additionally, served as Citigroup's representative with Equator Principles banks, co-author of Equator Principles (2006), and Citi representative on Equator Principles Association Steering Committee.

Social Development Specialist

IFC - International Finance Corporation
 –  (5 years)Washington D.C. Metro Area
Reviewed investment projects in the emerging markets to ensure compliance with IFC's environmental and social safeguard policies, and revised Performance Standards. Focus areas included analysis and formulation of robust mitigation measures for projects to comply with standards related to involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples, cultural property, labor and working conditions and consultation/stakeholder engagement with affected communities. Projects reviewed included industries such as oil and gas, mining, hydropower, agribusiness and forestry. Core team member in writing and developing IFC's Performance Standards which evolved into the de-facto environmental and social standards for the project finance market as a result of the launch of the Equator Principles (2003).

NGO and Civil Society Liaison Officer

IFC - International Finance Corporation
 –  (2 years)Washington D.C. Metro Area
Sitting in the Office of the Executive Vice President (Corporate Relations), formulated stakeholder engagement strategies for IFC to proactively communicate and engage with environmental and human rights advocacy organizations. High pressure job responding often to crisis communication situations with serious reputation impact. Responded to press and NGO inquiries on transactions in order to ensure robust reputation management. Early proponent to integrate sustainability reporting publicly in IFC's Annual Report. Coordinated and was instrumental in setting up IFC's Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) Office, IFC and MIGA's independent accountability mechanism.

Environmental and Social Policy Analyst

IFC - International Finance Corporation
 –  (2 years)Washington D.C. Metro Area
Core team member of 1996-1997 independent review of IFC's Environmental and Social Review Procedure, and adaption of the World Bank Group's Environmental and Social Safeguard Policies to IFC's private sector mandate. Advised on updating of IFC's Information Disclosure Policy. Co-author and project manager of IFC's landmark publication: "Doing Better Business Through Effective Public Consultation: A Good Practice Manual".

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, and the list of mysteriously deceased bankers increase...