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Blankfein on social media: ‘One thing I look forward to is unrestrained tweeting’

Ex-Goldman CEO off the leash as he hands over to Solomon.


David Solomon and Lloyd Blankfein. Click the image to watch the video. Source: Goldman Sachs

In a somewhat one-sided chat with his replacement David Solomon, the outgoing Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein described how much he was looking forward to being able to tweet about stuff he wants to tweet about, not always having to consider the Goldman Sachs angle in his social media activities.

“I might venture forward with my own opinions with little regard as to whether they serve the interests and constituencies of Goldman Sachs,” he declared, rather daringly.

Perched rather awkwardly on a stool in the firm’s headquarters in New York, Blankfein seemed at pains to point out how qualified Solomon is to take over the reins.

“You are so much more equipped and prepared than I was when I went in,” he told Solomon. “My experiences were fairly localized on the trading side of the business. You were in the trading division, a capital market originator and an investment banker, so your comprehension of the breadth of the firm’s activities was much more in place than when I got the job.”

In other words – you have no excuse for messing it up. 

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