Linda Descano Chartered Financial Analyst®, President & CEO, Women & Co., Citi

Linda Descano

Chartered Financial Analyst®

President & CEO, Women & Co., Citi

    Linda is President & CEO of Women & Co., a division of Citi that provides women with financial resources and a community for building their financial knowledge, exchanging financial insights, and accessing tips and tools for creating financial strategies based on the realities of women's financial lives. Linda joined Women & Co. in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as President in 2007 and CEO in 2010.
     
    Previously, from 1999 through 2002, Linda was a Director and Portfolio Manager in Citi's Private Portfolio Group, where she co-managed customized investment portfolios for individuals and institutions and oversaw the firm's socially responsible investment program. Before that, Linda served as Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental Affairs for Citi predecessor company, Salomon Inc., which she joined in 1994. Prior to embarking on a career in finance, Linda spent several years working in environmental consulting.
     
    An accomplished speaker, over the course of her career, Linda has spoken at hundreds of conferences on an array of personal finance, investment and leadership topics. She is a member of several professional associations, including the CFA® Institute, New York Society of Security Analysts, Financial Women's Association of New York, and New York Women in Communications. Linda also serves as chair of the New York Board of Step Up Women's Network and is a member of Step Up's national board. She is a member of Forbes Executive Women's Board, the Director's Council of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the National Organization of Italian American Women. From 1997 through 1999, Linda chaired the steering committee of the United Nations Financial Institutions Initiative on the Environment.
     
    Passionate about education and science, Linda has endowed the Nina Anna Scholarship, in honor of her grandmothers, Nina Gaspari Pennachietti and Anna Fortunato Descano. She also supports the Prudy Astrella Legacy Scholarship in honor of her inspirational 5th grade teacher, Ms. Astrella.
     
    Among her many accomplishments, Linda was the New York recipient of the 2009 Corporate w2wlink Ascendancy Award for her career achievements and her dedication to mentoring women.She was recognized as a Wise Woman by the National Organization of Italian American Women in 2008. She received a Human Rights Leadership Award from Church Women United in 1999 and an Environmental Leadership Award from the United Nations Environment Programme - North America in 1997.
     
    A native of Philadelphia, Linda attended Temple University and graduated with a bachelor of arts in geology. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.