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Citi is betting big on high-profile executives to turn things around

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Citi is betting big on high-profile executives to turn things around
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Hello! There's donating to charity, and then there is gifting $1 billion to a Bronx medical school to cover students' tuition in perpetuity.

In today's big story, we're looking at the reshuffling of top executives at two of the biggest US banks.

What's on deck

But first, executives on the move!

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The big story

Same face, new place

JPMorgan EMEA CEO Viswas Raghavan
Viswas Raghavan      JPMorgan

April showers bring May flowers. But on Wall Street, January bonuses bring February job changes.

The finance industry commonly sees a bit of turnover after bonuses clear. But this year, the industry saw an earthquake instead of just a shake-up.

Viswas Raghavan, JPMorgan's top dealmaker, has joined Citi as its head of banking and executive vice chair, reporting directly to CEO Jane Fraser. The move is a big deal, but even more shocking since Raghavan was just promoted to be the sole head of JPMorgan's deals business.

His departure forced JPMorgan to do some reshuffling of its own, tapping Filippo Gori and Doug Petno to run a group that includes the commercial, corporate, and investment bank.

Business Insider's Reed Alexander has a rundown of it all, including background on Raghavan, Gori, and Petno.

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Jane Fraser, Citi CEO      Patrick T. Fallon/Getty Images

It'll be quite the switch for Raghavan.

JPMorgan is one of the top investment banks on the Street — even considered the top dealmaker at one point last year — whereas Citi is much further down the totem pole.

That's why Fraser brought Raghavan into the fold amid her massive overhaul of the struggling bank. It's similar to when Fraser poached Merrill Lynch vet Andy Sieg to lead Citi's global wealth management.

But it's one thing to lead when you're on top. It's another to claw your way to the top.

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Warren Buffett      REUTERS/Chip East

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Google's Gemini      SOPA Images/Getty Images

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Dan DeFrancesco, deputy editor and anchor, in New York. Jordan Parker Erb, editor, in New York. Hallam Bullock, editor, in London.

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