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Goldman Sachs CEO Faces Scrutiny over Separation of Roles Amid Business Challenges

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
Investor Advisor Recommends Separating Roles of Goldman CEO and Chairman

David Solomon has been serving as the CEO of Goldman Sachs for the past five years. Recently, he has been facing a challenge from a big investor advisor who recommends separating the roles of CEO and chairman to ensure more independent oversight. The annual meeting vote on this issue comes at a time when Goldman Sachs is under scrutiny for its consumer business and ongoing personnel issues.

The proxy advisor, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), is urging Goldman to have separate CEO and chairman roles. David Solomon took on the chairman title months after becoming CEO in October 2018. ISS believes that having more independent oversight of the company is necessary, as indicated in a report sent before the April shareholder meeting.

Despite the fact that under Solomon’s leadership the stock has seen significant growth, recent issues facing Goldman Sachs have put him under a harsh spotlight. The bank has been working on damage control after reports about a lack of female leadership, including women leaving the company during Solomon’s tenure. One of the female executives who left, Stephanie Cohen, led the bank’s consumer business ventures, which ended up in losses and subsequent retreat.

ISS has also expressed concerns about Solomon’s decisions in the consumer sector, which have resulted in losses and further human capital issues. Even though Goldman’s governance committee found the dual CEO-chairman structure to be effective, ISS still recommends separate roles.

Goldman’s board of directors, including David Viniar who will become lead independent director once he leaves his role as vice chairman and COO at BlackRock Inc., have received ISS’s recommendation to be voted for. There is skepticism about elevating a former Goldman executive to such a role, but the board is standing by its decision and structure. Despite

By Samantha Nguyen

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