Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein is feeling pretty cocky these days, and having survived four years of post-financial crisis tumult and investigations, he’s telling people he expects to be around in the top job for some time.
If Blankfein should leave tomorrow his 'emergency' replacement would be Goldman’s president, chief operating officer and Blankfein’s number-two, Gary Cohn, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
But these sources say Goldman's longer-term succession plan is more uncertain; that’s where Cohn is locked in an intense battle with J. Michael Evans, a vice chairman who made his mark inside the firm running Goldman's successful Asian unit, people close to the firm add.
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