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September 21, 2009

'A Terrific Pick' for Wall Street

Catherine New
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Dean Glenn Hubbard called the selection of James P. Gorman ’87 as the new chief executive of Morgan Stanley a “recipe for success.”

Morgan Stanley announced the news on September 10 that Gorman, currently in charge of the firm’s global wealth management division, would replace John J. Mack as CEO starting Jan. 1, 2010.

Gorman has been with Morgan Stanley for four years. In that time he has had key success, including turning around the bank’s retail brokerage operation. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he ran the global private client business at Merrill Lynch. Gorman has been a member of the School’s Board of Overseers since 2006.

Dean Hubbard, who has known Gorman since his days at Merrill Lynch, said Gorman was a “terrific pick” and a “strategic thinker”, underscoring industry reports that Gorman was favored as CEO for his ability to switch quickly between jobs and his long-term thinking for the firm.

Photo courtesy of Columbia Business School