Bill Rhodes: The LatAm Moment

Sep 1, 2010

Veteran banker Bill Rhodes says shifts in global growth create opportunity for LatAm. He predicts a slowdown in the US, which he urges to strengthen ties with the region.

by Natalie Feary

Despite having officially retired from Citi in March, Bill Rhodes appears far from it, still attending events in Mexico, China and elsewhere, on the bank’s behalf. The 75-year-old veteran banker shows no signs of slowing down, with a host of projects lined up for when he actually leaves Citi still on the back burner.

After more than 50 years in banking, a life-long fascination with LatAm is still evident. Rhodes keeps a close eye on developments in Brazil, LatAm’s growing relationship with China and how – with the developing world still struggling – the region can become more important in a global context.

After predicting several years ago that the Asian economy would be important for LatAm, Citi’s "ambassador" to China notes that ties are strengthening. He cites several trips by Chinese government officials to the region, as well as senior Brazil representatives...

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