Tuesday 12 November 2019

Goldman hires ECB's Huw Pill as economist

The Goldman Sachs' building in Fleet Street, London. Photo: Getty Images
The Goldman Sachs' building in Fleet Street, London. Photo: Getty Images

Simon Kennedy

GOLDMAN Sachs hired Huw Pill of the European Central Bank to replace Erik Nielsen as its chief European economist.

Pill will join the investment bank in August in London after a decade at the Frankfurt-based ECB, where he was most recently deputy director general of research.

The recruiting of Pill comes a week after UniCredit named Nielsen its global chief economist, after 15 years at Goldman Sachs. It marks a further revamping of the US bank's economic division following Jim O'Neill's departure as its chief at the end of last year to chair Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Pill has also led the ECB's monetary policy stance division as well as working at the Bank of England and teaching at Harvard University.

He holds a degree from Oxford University and a Ph D from Stanford University.

Goldman Sachs's economics team, which already includes former ECB economist Natacha Valla, currently expects the central bank to raise its key interest rate to 1.75pc by the end of this year from 1.25pc. It predicts the euro area economy will grow 2.1pc this year with inflation averaging 2.6pc.

O'Neill was succeeded in January by Dominic Wilson and Jan Hatzius at the top of Goldman Sachs's economics research division. UK economist Ben Broadbent left it in March after being appointed to the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee. He was replaced by Kevin Daly.

Pill is the latest central banker to enter the private sector. Barclays Capital said yesterday it had hired Brian Madigan, the Federal Reserve's former top staff adviser on interest-rate policy, to provide counsel on economic research and regulation.

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe said last month it had employed former ECB economist Tobias Blattner to cover the euro region. (Bloomberg)

Irish Independent

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