Managing Director - Chief Compliance Officer, Legacy Franchises

Chinwe Esimai

Chinwe is a multiple award-winning lawyer, trailblazing corporate executive, author, and keynote speaker. She’s Citi’s Chief Compliance Officer for Legacy Franchises. Her recognitions include: • American Banker Most Powerful Women in Banking • Crain’s New York Business Notable Diverse Leaders in Banking & Finance • Diversity Woman Magazine Elite 100 Black Women Changing the Face of Corporate America • Tropics Magazine’s Most Powerful Africans Shaping the Future of Africa • Leading Ladies Africa Leading Corporate Women Award • Ozy Magazine “Angelic Troublemakers” to Reset America and the World • Leading Ladies Africa 100 Most Inspiring Women • Face2Face Africa Corporate Leadership Award • Nigerian Lawyers Association Trailblazer of the Year Award She has spoken, been featured, or quoted at: the United Nations; SXSW; FemaleQuotient, Time 100, Forbes, Knowledge@Wharton, Current History, Thrive Global, Medium, Black Enterprise, Real Business UK, Authority Magazine, and Business Intelligence Middle East. She is an Executive Council member of the Ellevate Network and a Cheryl Blair Foundation mentor. She was previously Chief Anti-Bribery & Corruption Officer at Citi. Prior to that, she served as VP & Anti-Bribery Compliance Officer at Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GSCO), and also as VP in the Reg Audits & Inquiries Group at GSCO. Prior to her return to GSCO, Chinwe served as Assistant Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN, where she taught Law & Finance in Emerging Markets, Securities Regulation, and Business Associations. Chinwe obtained her B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the City College of New York, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Following graduation, she practiced as a corporate associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb LLP, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions and a variety of capital markets transactions.

Current Role

  • Company Name: Citi
  • Job Title: Managing Director - Chief Compliance Officer, Legacy Franchises
  • Start Date: April 2022
  • Company Industry: Financial Services
  • Location: New York, New York, United States



Previous Company:

  • Company Name:  Citi
  • Job Title:  Managing Director - Chief Anti-Bribery & Corruption Officer
  • Start Date:  January 2016