125th Anniversary Speakers
Goldman Sachs ex-chairman to speak
on investment banking
By Sookhan Ho
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 06 - October 2, 1997
Eugene Fife, Virginia Tech alumnus and retired chairman of Goldman Sachs International, will give a talk, "Investment Banking: What is It? How to Get in It and How to Succeed," on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Haymarket Theater. The talk is open to the public.
Fife, who earned a degree in business administration in 1962, joined Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1970. He was promoted to the vice presidency of the investment-banking division six years later and made general partner in 1980. In 1986, he moved to London to head up the international-investment banking division and was appointed chairman of Goldman Sachs International two years later. In 1990, he joined the firm's Management Committee, a group of 11 partners which runs the firm's various businesses around the world.
After more than 25 years, including 10 in London, with the firm, Fife retired in December 1995. He now lives in Charlottesville, where he is the president and chief executive officer of an emerging healthcare-technology company, Multimedia Medical Systems. He is also a director of an investment firm, Baker, Fentress & Co., a trustee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, and a member of the advisory council of the Public Policy Institute at Duke University.
Fife has also awarded a series of undergraduate-student scholarships for deserving high-school students from his hometown of Hinton, W.Va.
His talk is part of the Wheat First Butcher Singer Distinguished Speakers Series sponsored by the Pamplin College of Business as well as Virginia Tech's Outstanding Alumni Lecture Series celebrating the university's 125th anniversary. His talk will be followed by a reception in the Williamsburg Room.
During his half-day visit, Fife will meet with undergraduate and graduate-student leaders, including members of the investor group, SEED. He will also meet with finance faculty members and have dinner with Pamplin Dean Richard E. Sorensen and student leaders.