Goldman Sachs boosts Indian presence with record managing director promotions

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Goldman Sachs boosts Indian presence with record managing director promotions
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Goldman Sachs has emphasized its commitment to global expansion by announcing its largest-ever batch of promotions to the Managing Director (MD) level in India. The banking giant announced 35 promotions, marking a significant increase in its investment in the region and India's escalating influence on global businesses. The new roles, slated to start on January 1, 2024, are spread across the firm's Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad offices.

The promotions represent a growth of 16.6% from the biannual cycle of 2021, which saw 29 employees elevated to managing director positions. This surge comes despite a global reduction of 5.4% in managing director promotion class size. With these advancements, the total tally of managing directors in India now stands at 92, contributing to 5.8% of the total MD class this year.

The demographic breakdown of the promotions shows a noteworthy representation of women at 17%, contributing to a record-high global figure of 31%. Most of the promoted individuals come from finance functions (60%), with a smaller portion from engineering (14%).

The rise in promotions also signals an increase in the number of Indian citizens within Goldman Sachs' global class of managing directors. The number grew from 71 in 2021 to 80 this year, revealing the firm's progression towards its highest rank - Partner.

These appointments reflect Goldman Sachs' larger global scale efforts and are part of a worldwide promotion of 608 individuals to managing director positions across its 44 offices globally. The move highlights the company's strategic focus on India as part of its broader international expansion plan.

Goldman Sachs now has over 8,000 professionals in India and a global workforce of 45,900, with MDs making up 6% of the total workforce. This increased presence further indicates Goldman Sachs' escalating investment in the region and India's growing importance to global businesses.

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