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Mercer Hires Goldman’s Samantha Davidson to Lead U.S. Outsourcing Unit

Davidson had spent more than 17 years at Goldman Sachs.

Mercer has hired Samantha Davidson from Goldman Sachs Group to lead is outsourced-chief investment officer (OCIO) business in the U.S. 

Davidson, who worked in Goldman’s asset and wealth management division for more than 17 years, will be responsible for managing and expanding Mercer’s client relationships within its U.S. OCIO division, the consulting firm said Monday. Based in New York, Davidson will report to the U.S. leader of Mercer’s wealth business Chris Mahoney.

Mercer, which oversees more than $300 billion in OCIO assets globally, sees the Covid-19 pandemic as a potential boost for business. 

“In these uncertain times, many organizations need to focus on the core responsibilities of running their businesses,” Mahoney said in the statement. “We partner with clients who want to outsource their investment decisions and operations, saving them time, improving governance, and reacting nimbly to rapidly changing markets.”

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Davidson was most recently managing director and head of client solutions for GS Personal Financial Management, where she led efforts to provide wealth management services to Goldman’s high-net-worth clients, according to the statement. At Goldman, she also held roles tied to alternative investment and manager selection, Mercer said. 

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