Morgan Stanley names Ted Pick its next CEO

Morgan Stanley said late Wednesday that Co-President Edward “Ted” Pick will become its chief executive, effective Jan. 1.

Outgoing Chief Executive James Gorman will become executive chairman, Morgan Stanley said. Pick will also join the firm’s board of directors.

“The board has unanimously determined that Ted Pick is the right person to lead Morgan Stanley and build on the success the firm has achieved under James Gorman’s exceptional leadership,” the company said in a statement.

“Ted is a strategic leader with a strong track record of building and growing our client franchise, developing and retaining talent, allocating capital with sound risk management, and carrying forward our culture and values,” it said.

Gorman had announced his intention to step down in May, setting off a “Sucession”-like run for the top job at the investment bank.

Pick’s name had been among those in the running. The executive joined Morgan Stanley in 1990, and was promoted to managing director in 2002, according to his bio on the company’s website.

Gorman became CEO in January 2010, having joined the firm in 2006.

The lack of a clear successor at Morgan Stanley has weighed on its stock lately.

The shares are down 24% in the last three months, three times the losses for the S&P 500 index
in the same period. So far this year, Morgan Stanley shares are down 16%, contrasting with an advance of about 9% for the S&P.

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