Shares of Citigroup today climbed nearly two per cent in early trade after the global banking giant announced the exit of its India-born chief, Vikram Pandit.

In the first-hour of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the scrip jumped 1.96 per cent to $ 37.39 apiece.

It opened at $ 36.41 apiece.

The company’s market value touched $ 108.15 billion at the price of $ 37.39 per share.

After being at the helm of Citigroup for nearly five years and steering the banking behemoth through the ravaging financial crisis, Pandit stepped down from his post of CEO today.

55-year-old Pandit, steering Citigroup since December 2007, also resigned as a member of its board.

The development came as a surprise since the entity posted a better-than-expected third quarter profit of $ 468 million yesterday, analysts said.

Citi had said excluding the loss on its brokerage unit and a one-time accounting charge and credit adjustments, the bank reported earnings of $ 3.27 billion in the quarter under review up from $ 2.57 billion in the period a year earlier.

(This article was published on October 16, 2012)
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