Goldman names 70 partners to 2012 class

NEW YORK, Wed Nov 14, 2012 – Goldman Sachs Group Inc. named 70 new partners to its 2012 partnership class, the smallest number since the investment bank went public in 1999.

Goldman’s partner naming, a relic from its past as a private investment bank, occurs every two years and is a closely watched event on Wall Street. The prior partner class in 2010 included 110 people.

Goldman has been cutting staff since last year as it looks to cut costs in a weak revenue environment and the smaller partner number is reflective of that. The investment bank tries to keep its partner pool at around 1 percent of the overall workforce, which stood at 32,600 at Sept. 30.

Among the new partners are Russell Horwitz, who is CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s chief of staff; Kent Clark, an executive in the hedge fund products group of Goldman’s asset management division; and Huw Pill, Goldman’s chief European economist.

As of Nov. 2, Goldman had 407 partners, according to a regulatory filing.