Clare Woodman appointed new Morgan Stanley head for Europe

- Leadership - May 02, 2018

Morgan Stanley has appointed Clare Woodman as its new head for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Woodman, who will replace Rob Rooney in the role according to Reuters, is set to become the first female to hold the position, moving from her current job as chief operating officer of Morgan Stanley’s institutional securities group.

After spending the first part of her career in the legal profession as a lawyer for Clifford Chance between 1993 and 2000, Woodman joined Morgan Stanley in 2002 to specialise in Banking and Derivatives for Global Capital Markets and Investment Banking in EMEA.

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A popular member of its leadership, Woodman has worked closely with its International Foundation and has made efforts to increase the support given to females looking to make their way to the top of financial sector.

"Clare's years of experience working in London and her deep understanding of the institutional securities group uniquely position her to lead the firm in our largest international market as Brexit's impact continues to unfold," wrote CEO James Gorman in an internal memo.

Rooney is set to move to Morgan Stanley's New York office where he will become the bank's Head of Technology, tasked with driving digital transformation and overseeing strategy on the integration of artificial intelligence, automation technology and cyber security solutions.

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