Morgan Stanley chief James Gorman said Friday he plans to resign as CEO within the year, setting off a succession race atop one of Wall Street’s dominant firms.
The bank’s board has narrowed its CEO search to three “very strong” internal candidates, Gorman told shareholders at the New York-based firm’s annual meeting. Gorman, 64, will take on the executive chairman role “for a period of time” after stepping down as CEO, he said.
“The specific timing of the CEO transition has not been determined, but it is the board’s and my expectation that it will occur at some point in the next 12 months,” Gorman said.
“That is the current expectation in the absence of a major change in the external environment,” he added.
Since taking over in 2010, Gorman has pulled off one of the more successful transformations on Wall Street. Through a series of savvy acquisitions, Morgan Stanley went from nearly being capsized during the 2008 financial crisis to a wealth management juggernaut.
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