Lunchtime Links: Here’s who’s at the vanguard of the new generation at Goldman Sachs; why bald men should do well in banking

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Goldman Sachs is losing people. Yoel Zaoui is the latest, but Yoel Zaoui is not the first.

As the FT observes, 40 partners left Goldman in 2011 and 30 have left already in 2012. 8 out of 24 members of Goldman Sachs' management committee, have left over the past 12 months. 

There are various reasons why Goldman is leaching senior staff. Most notably, its senior staff have made a lot of money and probably don’t need to work. The FT also points out that 2012 is one of the alternate years in which Goldman makes new partners, and that when it makes new partners it tends to edge some of its existing partners out. Goldman apparently likes partners to be no more than 1.7%-1.8% of its total headcount.

However, the out-flux of very senior people need not be a disaster for people who escape the vortex. International Financing Review points out that Goldman has promoted numerous people over the past year. In a post-Blankfein era, these will be the big names of the future. They include:

Isabelle Ealet, previously global head of commodities, now one of three global heads of the securities division.

Ashok Varadhan, new head of macro trading for emerging markets.

Jeffrey Verschleiser, new global head of mortgage trading.

Justin Gmelich, new global head of credit trading.

Paul Russo, Michael Daffey, and Martin Chavez, new co-COOs of equities.

Enrico Gaglioti, new global head of equities sales.

John Willian, new global head of securities services, futures, and clearing.

Nick Burgin, new global head of G10 foreign exchange trading.

James Paradise, previously co-head of prime brokerage in London, now co-head of Asia-Pacific securities.

Kostas Pantazopoulos, global head of interest-rate trading and now also head of Asia ex-Japan macro trading.

And yet, as IFR points out, there’s no indication that Lloyd Blankfein is going anywhere soon – despite various rumours to the contrary. For all those wondering about Blankfein’s longevity and success, the blog Stumbling and Mumbling makes some interesting points about the prevalence of bald men in banking. It points out that hairless men have higher testosterone; they are better risk takers; they are more status seeking.  Less promisingly, they have poor social skills and may be prone to rowdy behaviours.


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Right now, it only has offices in Brazil. (BancoModal)  

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London hedge fund relocates most staff to Monaco. (Finalternatives)

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Lose your job, become a miner in Australia. (Bloomberg) 

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