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When you’re 40-years-old and Goldman Sachs REALLY wants you

Gary Cohn Goldman Sachs

How is it when Goldman Sachs decides that it has to have you? – Not that it would quite like to recruit you on account of your exceptional academics and multiple internships, but that it has an existential yearning for you?

Ask 51 year-old R. Martin Chavez, Goldman’s chief information officer since the end of 2013. Business Insider has a detailed exposé of ‘Marty’s’ person and career. We learn that he’s gay and has ‘tattoo sleeves.’ He’s married to a British physicist and has a young son. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in biochemistry, took a masters in computer in science followed by a PhD in information services at Stanford. We learn that he’s a really nice guy who’s ‘impossible to dislike,’ that he gets on with everyone and was one of Goldman’s first openly gay employees.

Most of all though, we learn what happens when Goldman Sachs sets its heart on hiring you. In 2005, Goldman COO Gary Cohn is said to have personally called Chavez, then aged 40, and said, “I was just calling to share with you that you’re coming back.” Chavez, who had worked for Goldman for four years in the 1990s, dutifully returned.

One year later, he was promoted to partner and seven years later he became CIO – a role with responsibility for 9,000 Goldman employees. As Business Insider points out, Chavez is the most important Goldman executive you’ve never heard of. He’s also living proof that finance careers really can begin at 40.

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AUTHORSarah Butcher Global Editor

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