James P. Gorman ’87
Chairman and CEO
James P. Gorman is Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, a leading global financial services firm.
Mr. Gorman also serves as Chairman of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the joint venture between Morgan Stanley and Citi that became an industry-leading wealth management organization when formed in June, 2009.
Prior to assuming his current position in January, 2010, Mr. Gorman served since December, 2007 as Co-President of Morgan Stanley, and has also served as Co-Head of Corporate Strategy. He joined Morgan Stanley in February, 2006 as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Global Wealth Management Group (GWMG).
Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Gorman held a succession of executive positions at Merrill Lynch. From 2001 to 2005 he led the company’s US and, subsequently, global private client businesses. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1999 as Chief Marketing Officer, and also served as head of Strategy and Research.
Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Gorman was a senior partner of McKinsey & Co., where he was a member of the firm’s financial services practice. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gorman was an attorney in Melbourne, Australia.
Among his civic activities, Mr. Gorman serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Business School, co-chairs the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is a member of the Business Roundtable, Business Council, and the Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City. He is a former board member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association in Washington, D.C., and served as Chairman in 2006.
Born in Australia (date of birth: July 14, 1958), Mr. Gorman earned a B.A. and law degree from the University of Melbourne and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.