Joe Plumeri

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  • CEO & High-Energy Motivational Speaker for Teams & Individuals
  • Bestselling Author of The Power of Being Yourself
  • Former CEO of Willis Group, Citibank North America & Primerica

Joe Plumeri is the larger-than-life CEO known for his electrifying speeches and talent for transforming the way companies think and operate. Plumeri believes what sets the most successful leaders apart is their ability to harness their own passions, in their own authentic ways. Audiences find not only optimistic relief in Plumeri’s message but also key strategies to cultivate authentic power. Shortly after he takes his place on the podium, Plumeri becomes relatable to each of us trying to succeed on our own terms, in ways that produce significant results for our careers, companies and stakeholders.

In his speeches, he shares personal stories of struggle and inspiration which led him to become CEO of many companies, including Willis Group, a company nearly bankrupt when he first began but which he transformed into one of the world’s leading insurance brokers. Plumeri offers simple yet profound guidance on how to stay positive, motivate yourself and others, and achieve success in your life and work. National Public Radio has included one of Plumeri’s speeches in its list of “Best Commencement Speeches, Ever.”

Takeaways from Plumeri’s Speeches:

  • How to instill passion in your sales teams that will drive success
  • How to cultivate "The Power of Being Yourself"
  • How to put your life and passion to work
  • How to find and cultivate purpose
  • Using emotional authenticity as a career strategy
 
  

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The Passionate Principles of Leadership: Ten Strategies To Ensure Success

A visionary business leader, Joe Plumeri spent over 30 years at CitiGroup, Inc., working as a top executive at its predecessor companies and heading CitiBank North America. As CEO of Willis Group, a global insurance broker, Mr. Plumeri catapulted the company into an international powerhouse, abandon ...

A visionary business leader, Joe Plumeri spent over 30 years at CitiGroup, Inc., working as a top executive at its predecessor companies and heading CitiBank North America. As CEO of Willis Group, a global insurance broker, Mr. Plumeri catapulted the company into an international powerhouse, abandoning old strategies to lead Willis to unprecedented success. With a diverse business career spanning nearly half a century, Joe Plumeri is an authority on how to get businesses not only to survive—but thrive.

Anything Is Possible: How To Unlock Your Potential and Achieve Your Dreams

From his childhood streets in Trenton, NJ to the New York City skyscrapers and global capitals of world commerce, Joe Plumeri has always been passionate about pushing himself to be better, and bringing out the best in others. In this inspirational speech, Mr. Plumeri offers his personal recipe for g ...

From his childhood streets in Trenton, NJ to the New York City skyscrapers and global capitals of world commerce, Joe Plumeri has always been passionate about pushing himself to be better, and bringing out the best in others. In this inspirational speech, Mr. Plumeri offers his personal recipe for growth and success, sharing advice about overcoming obstacles--and getting the best out of your life.

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Biography

Joe Plumeri serves as the senior advisor to KKR and vice chairman of the First Data Board of Directors. Plumeri plays a pivotal role in company infrastructure finding strategies and solutions to better serve clients.

Joe's first jobs included digging sewers in Trenton, N.J., working as a waiter, tour guide, high school teacher to an errand boy at Carter, Berlind &Weill. For 30 years following, Joe rose from errand boy to eventually, leading billion dollar businesses within the empire that would eventually be known worldwide as Citigroup. His path took him to become president and managing partner of Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1990 and, eventually, the president of Smith Barney in 1993.

Joe's next big step, in 1995, was as chairman and CEO of Primerica Financial Services where he regularly captivated audiences of tens of thousands of self-employed insurance salespeople, inspiring them to help those in their communities capitalize on the growing stock market by buying term life insurance and investing the difference, thereby bringing the American Dream closer for millions of people.

In 1999, when Travelers Group succeeded in its $70 billion merger with Citicorp, creating Citigroup, Joe helped to lead the integration of the two giant companies and was appointed CEO of Citibank, North America, the mainstay financial brand with 450 retail branches across the United States, boosting the division's earnings by 400%, to $415 million, in just one year.In 1999, Joe led the integration of Travelers Group and Citicorp after $70 billion merger. He went on to serve as CEO of Citibank North America.

After 32 years as an executive at Citigroup Inc, he became CEO and Chairman of Willis Group Holdings in 2000. Along the way, Joe revolutionized both his firm and the insurance industry, leading it toward greater transparency, increased innovation and better client service, exemplified by Willis's now famous "Client Bill of Rights." His most memorable feat may have come in 2009, after orchestrating Willis's $2.1 billion acquisition of rival Hilb Rogal & Hobbs in 2008, when he moved the company's Midwest headquarters into the Sears Tower, culminating that deal with the building's renaming, to Willis Tower, of what was the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Today, Chicagoans point to their iconic landmark, the Willis Tower, and remember the day that Joe Plumeri helped to reestablish its preeminence in the American skyline.

Joe Plumeri is now in his latest chapter of affirming his enduring belief, proven many times over, that "Anything is Possible." Called on once again by Henry Kravis and KKR, he has joined his friend of 30 years, Frank Bisignano, the chairman and CEO of First Data Corp., to help create, perhaps, the greatest turnaround in U.S. business history.

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<p>Find the Power of Being Yourself</p>

Find the Power of Being Yourself

Business icon and inspirational speaker JOE PLUMERI recently released his highly-anticipated first book. In The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success by Putting Passion Into Your Life and Work,he offers inspirational yet pragmatic insights for finding success. The advice is simple but applicable to all areas of your life: use the power of emotion.

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<p>Plumeri on Showtime's "A Season With Notre Dame Football" Proves INSPIRATIONAL</p>

Plumeri on Showtime's "A Season With Notre Dame Football" Proves INSPIRATIONAL

Not since Knute Rockne told his Notre Dame players to “Win One for the Gipper” in his 1928 halftime speech has one man’s one-line rallying cry had such a profound effect on a group of young men facing an uphill battle. In a pre-game speech to the team, JOE PLUMERI recalled how the Vikings would burn their boats, committed to win with whatever it takes. Throughout the episode, players and coaches refer to “Burning the Boats” as the mission they’re on. 

Watch episode here. The password is: GoIrish! Joe's remarks begin around 3min.
<p>Joe Plumeri Launches Weekly Newsletter</p>

Joe Plumeri Launches Weekly Newsletter

Joe Plumeri has launched a weekly newsletter.  Join him each week as he continues the discussion he started with his book, The Power of Being Yourself, and shares what excites him, like his recent trip to Cuba.

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