Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman: Seizing the Moment

Apr 22, 2024

As part of our Exceptional Leaders/Exceptional Ideas series, James Gorman, Morgan Stanley’s Executive Chairman, reflects on his 14-year tenure as CEO, leading the firm during periods of unprecedented disruption and opportunity.

WATCH: James Gorman speaks with Betsy Graseck


When James Gorman took the helm of Morgan Stanley in January of 2010, the global economy was still reeling from the great financial crisis. Yet, during his 14-year tenure as CEO, Gorman not only led Morgan Stanley through these challenges, he helped create an integrated firm, transform the company’s corporate culture and more than triple its stock price in the process.


In the latest episode of Exceptional Leaders / Exceptional Ideas, Betsy Graseck, Global Head of Banks and Diversified Finance Research, sits down with Gorman, who passed the CEO role to Ted Pick in January and is now Executive Chairman, for a candid conversation about his strategies for negotiating, goal setting and finding balance.

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