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Goldman Sachs’s Viniar to Join Robinson on Call

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July 11 (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will hold a conference call for fixed-income investors a week after it reports second-quarter results, copying a tactic used by Citigroup Inc. and giving Treasurer Elizabeth “Liz” Beshel Robinson a higher profile.

The call, the first of its kind by New York-based Goldman Sachs, will take place at noon on July 24, the bank said yesterday in a statement. It will be hosted by Robinson and her boss, Chief Financial Officer David A. Viniar, 56.

Goldman Sachs, the fifth-biggest U.S. bank by assets, has relied on Viniar to address investors, analysts and the media about quarterly earnings since the company went public in 1999. As treasurer, the 43-year-old Robinson has the job Viniar held before he became CFO and was trained by him to handle the firm’s financing and liquidity needs.

Analysts consider Robinson, treasurer since 2005, a candidate to succeed Viniar if he decides to leave, along with Sarah E. Smith, the bank’s controller and chief accounting officer.

“I’d definitely be looking to see who they put in front of investors,” Roger Freeman, an analyst at Barclays Plc, said in an interview last year. He said he hadn’t met either Robinson or Smith. “It would be fair to assume they’re on the short list.”

Citigroup, the third-largest U.S. bank, holds a conference call for fixed-income investors every quarter a few days after reporting earnings.

Robinson married Samuel Robinson, a Goldman Sachs managing director who works for Vice Chairman J. Michael Evans, in 2010. She joined the firm in 1990 and was promoted to partner in 2006.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christine Harper in New York at charper@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scheer at dscheer@bloomberg.net.

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