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A man on the move says it’s good to talk

After trying to be in four places at once, Morgan Stanley’s chief investment officer, Joseph McAlinden, is looking forward to moving to a permanent base, on the Avenue of the Americas.

Joseph McAlinden

Joseph McAlinden wears the look of someone who has spent a lot of the last year on the move.

This impression is strengthened by the fact that on the day of this interview, every piece of furniture in his office is covered in tags, awaiting the removal men. The office is actually one of four among which MSDW's chief investment officer has divided his working life over the past 12 months. Two are in Manhattan, downtown and midtown, one is in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, the Miller Anderson&Sherrerd base, and the fourth is in Houston, at Van Kampen's headquarters.

McAlinden has tried to be in four places at once in the course of bringing together the different strands of Morgan Stanley's investment operation. Given the obvious demands of such a task, it is little surprise he is looking forward to moving to a permanent base, on the Avenue of the Americas.

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