Goldman Partner McNamara Leaving Bank's Asset-Management Unit

  • Executive ran business selling funds to third parties
  • McNamara will leave at end of year, become advisory director

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Jim McNamara, head of a business that sells the firm’s mutual funds and exchange-traded funds to third parties such as retail brokerages, is leaving the bank after almost two decades.

McNamara will depart at the end of the year and continue as an advisory director and president of Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s U.S. mutual fund boards, according to a memo sent this week by Tim O’Neill and Eric Lane, co-heads of the investment-management division. Andrew Williams, a spokesman for the New York-based bank, confirmed the contents of the memo and declined to comment further.

“Jim has been instrumental in the expansion of GSAM’s third-party client franchise and in delivering innovative market solutions for our clients,” O’Neill and Lane wrote in the memo.

McNamara joined Goldman Sachs in 1998, became managing director in 2000 and made partner in 2006. He’s a member of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors and executive committee, and will continue there in his role as a Goldman Sachs advisory director, according to the memo.

Goldman Sachs’s investment-management division, made up of GSAM as well as the private-wealth business, supervised $1.37 trillion in assets as of the end of March. The division’s $1.5 billion in first-quarter revenue accounted for 19 percent of the firm’s total.

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