Catherine Simmons

Citi, Head of Government Relations, Asia-Pacific

Catherine joined Citi in September 2013 as head of Government Affairs for Asia Pacific. Catherine  works closely with senior management, business heads, and Citi Country Officers on policy and  regulatory issues impacting the firm by engaging with policymakers and industry groups. Catherine also coordinates and manages the Citi Government Affairs representatives in the region. 

Prior to joining Citi, Catherine worked at State Street Bank and Trust as Head of Regulatory,  Industry and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific. Before that Catherine was a diplomat at the  Australian Embassy Beijing, a research fellow in the Faculty of Law and Politics at Keio University  Japan and a policy advisor in the Australian Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign  Affairs and Trade on political, strategic and trade issues.  

Catherine has played an active role in various industry associations, including the U.S. National  Centre for APEC (Board Member), US-ASEAN Business Council (Financial Services Committee and  Chairman Council), Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Public Policy  Committee Member and former Alternate Board Member), the American Chamber of Commerce in 

Hong Kong (former Financial Services Committee Head and former Board Member), Asia Pacific  Council of American Chambers (Member of Chairman’s Circle) and the Asia Business Trade  Association (Member). Catherine has also been active in the APEC Business Advisory Council, Advisory Group on APEC Financial System Capacity Building and the APEC Asia Pacific Financial  Forum and the World Economic Forum Digital ASEAN Initiative.  

Catherine speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese.