Leslie E. Bains, P’97, ‘00

New York City, New York

Leslie E. Bains has rejoined Citibank as managing director of Citi Private Bank responsible for New Client Development. Prior to rejoining Citi, Leslie was vice chairman and a director of Modern Bank, the first OCC-chartered New York Private bank in 25 years, working with individuals of substantial wealth.

In 2004 and 2005, Leslie was the president of AFS Intercultural Programs, one of the world’s largest non-profit organizations dedicated to building a more just and peaceful world through intercultural exchange. Leslie retired at the end of 2003 as senior executive vice president of HSBC North America, the highest-ranking woman in HSBC, and as a member of the Senior Management Committee. Leslie was also chair of the Board of Directors of HSBC Securities Canada, chair of HSBC’s Wealth and Tax Advisory Services subsidiary and chair of the Fiduciary Risk Committee for HSBC North America, interfacing regularly with government regulators. Prior to HSBC’s acquisition of Republic National Bank in 1999, Leslie was executive vice president of Republic responsible for private banking, investment management, fiduciary activities, systems and operations, and mutual funds.

Leslie is on the Board of Directors of Commonfund (compensation chair and member of the executive committee), vice chair of the Board of Visitors of the Terry Sanford School for Public Policy at Duke University, and on the boards of Signature Theatre (investment and nominating committees), and Kids Free Tobacco (investment committee). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Leslie is the former chair of the Board of Trustees of American University and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah. Leslie holds a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. She is married to Harrison M. Bains Jr. They have two children who are Duke University alumni, Harrison “Tripp,” T’97, and Tawney, T’00.