Morning Coffee Feb 21 2012

The Possible End of Blankfein

By julie steinberg

Succession wars at Wall Street firms can resemble the most intense of Shakespearean dramas, and the one unfolding at the House of Blankfein is no exception.

Fortune reports that Blankfein may step aside as head of Goldman Sachs as soon as this summer and would most likely be replaced by President and Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn. Blankfein, 57, has served as chief executive since May 2006.

It's not clear what will happen or whether Blankfein himself wants to leave. It's possible he would share the position with someone else, as has been tradition at Goldman. But it's also possible he may leave his position to signal a new start for the firm after a troublesome past few years. Of all the big banking CEOs, only Blankfein and Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase kept their titles after the 2008 malaise.

Fortune cites sources as saying Cohn is the top choice for a successor, and it's true Cohn has done a thorough job of taking charge. All of the business heads report to him, and J. Michael Evans, the global head of growth markets, hasn't curried as much favor with the board, according to Fortune.

It's only February now, so set those alarms for the summer solstice. Tales of betrayal, intrigue and espionage are sure to unfurl before then.

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(Source: The Globe and Mail)




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