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Goldman Sachs' new MD hire is married to an existing MD

Many people meet their future life partners in the office, but in the case of Melissa Plaza-Marriott, she’s re-joining a bank where her husband already works.

Melissa Plaza-Marriott returned to Goldman Sachs as a managing director (MD) earlier this month. She came from arch-rival Morgan Stanley as part of a hiring spree that has seen Goldman recruit four managing directors over the summer.

Plaza-Marriott has not only gained a promotion – she was an executive director at her previous employer - but she can also presumably cut her travel costs. We understand she’s married to Clifton ‘Clif’ Marriott, Goldman’s co-head of European head of technology, media and telecoms investment banking. Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

The couple will be based at the bank’s shiny new European headquarters on London's Shoe Lane. Plaza-Marriott will be working in Goldman’s financial sponsors team after spending four years in a similar role at Morgan Stanley.

This isn't the first time Plaza-Marriot has worked for GS. She joined Goldman as as an analyst in 2001 and became an associate before moving to Merrill Lynch. She then worked for Lazard before joining Morgan Stanley.

Clif by contrast has been with Goldman for all of his career. He joined the bank’s analyst programme in 1999 and became partner in 2016. The pair both attended the University of California, Berkeley and are thought to have met at GS. Melissa's return doesn't have anything to with her husband - the two work on entirely different teams.

Even so, Goldman seems to be good place for couples to work. Last November Niharika Cabiallavetta, who oversees fixed income micro sales in Europe and her husband - Beat Cabiallavetta, were both promoted to the bank’s partnership pool. Beat is the son of Mathis Cabiallavetta, a former chairman of UBS.

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AUTHORDavid Rothnie Insider Comment

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