Michael Radziemski is a strategic and operational technology leader in the global financial services industry with a highly successful career working in high profile banking, insurance, and investment management firms. He has been able to bring consistent value to enterprises through his broad technology expertise, by playing a key role in technology strategy and the overall strategic planning process as a business partner to the CEO, and by being a member of the senior management team. Mr. Radziemski has effectively executed on strategy by investing in internal technology structures to enable high growth business models, as well as by prudently scaling back to survive in crises environments. He has gained high-level exposure to the merger and acquisition (M&A) process in his work with Citibank and Bankers Trust and in-depth international market perspective setting up a global technology organization at Citibank.

In his most recent position as Partner and Chief Information Officer at Lord, Abbett & Co., LLC in New York City, Mr. Radziemski joined during a period of rapid expansion, where assets grew from $48 billion to $100 billion in 2005 – all through organic growth. In this role, he led development and implementation of strategic firm-wide governance protocol, replaced virtually every application/infrastructure component in the firm, led reduction of Technology spending by approximately 30% during the recession, chaired the firm’s Business Continuity Planning effort, and led the creation of firm’s information security program.

Previously, Mr. Radziemski was Managing Director, Global Head of Technology at Citibank Global Asset Management in New York City, where he was recruited to a newly created position to turn around an underperforming technology platform in 22 countries across multiple product lines. He joined during the Citigroup merger of Citibank and Solomon Smith Barney, managing complex integration. Here, he envisioned and implemented an effective global technology organization, directed disaster recovery for the Asset Management business in the aftermath of 9/11, supported the business through a period of rapid global growth, and managed the technology team through the economic downturn of the Internet bust.

Click image to visit Mr. Radziemski’s Waters cover story, March 2013

In his prior role as Vice President, Head of Technology for the large-plan 401(k) business at MetLife, before and after the Bankers Trust 401(k) business was sold to MetLife in 1998, he led the transition of the team and the technology from Bankers Trust to Met.

Earlier, Mr. Radziemski had a 12-year career with Bankers Trust Company, rising to the position of Managing Director, Head of Technology for the large-plan 401(k) business. In this role, he led the greenfield strategic development of a new system for processing the large plan 401(k) business and was intimately involved in the sale of Bankers’ 401(k) business to MetLife at the end of 1997.

Mr. Radziemski was the Chair of the Investment Company Institute (ICI) Technology Committee from 2008 to 2015 and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He was also featured on the cover of Waters’ March 2013 issue. Link to the article by clicking the above picture.

He earned his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University; and his Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

UPDATE: Mr. Radziemski was recently featured in a podcast done by Waters where he talks about Machine Learning, Robotics Process Automation, and Public Cloud Adoption. To listen to his podcast, please visit the link below:

Waters Podcast Featuring Michael Radziemski


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