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Goldman Sachs’ Newest Board Member Adds Greater Diversity

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Kimberley D. Harris

Kimberley D. Harris. Image credit: Comcast

On Monday, Kimberley D. Harris was appointed to Goldman Sachs’ Board of Directors as an independent director and a member of the firm’s Governance, Compensation, and Public Responsibilities Committees.

Harris’ ascension to the financial services titan’s board, effective immediately, also helps the company continue its push to place more women within its leadership structure. Including Harris, 6 of Golmans Sachs’ 13 directors are women.

According to Lead Director Adebayo O. Ogunlesi, Harris will bring seasoned judgment across a wide range of topics. The company highlights her “experience both in the public and private sectors advising on complex issues of public policy and reputational sensitivity.”

The investment bank’s CEO, David Solomon, stated, “Kim will further enhance the diversity of skills and experiences represented on our Board. She has proven to be a trusted advisor across a range of roles in the public and private sectors, making her well-positioned to provide advice and insight across a broad spectrum of topics, including governmental, regulatory and public policy matters.”

Ogunlesi added, “Kim is a leader in her field with a differentiated perspective gained from working in senior positions in both the public and private sectors, including the White House and her current roles at Comcast and NBCUniversal.”

Harris is a seasoned legal and media executive who has served as an EVP at the Comcast Corporation since 2019 and EVP and General Counsel of NBCUniversal since 2013. Before that, Harris was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a global law firm, where she got her start as an Associate in 1997. However, she did step away from the firm from 2009 to 2010 to serve as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. She also worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as Principal Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President from 2010 to 2012.

The bank has recently been making efforts to improve gender equality within its own structure and beyond. By 2025, Goldman Sachs aims to have women account for at least 40% of its Vice Presidents. Additionally, in January 2020, the bank revealed that it would no longer take companies public if they had all-male boards.

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