Goldman vice-chairman for Asia retires

Kenneth Courtis to depart the firm at the end of March.
Kenneth Courtis has retired from Goldman Sachs, where he was vice-chairman for Asia. The Tokyo-based banker will leave the firm at the end of March.

Courtis, who was hired into Goldman in 2000 by John Thornton, was previously Deutsche BankÆs Asian chief economist and strategist. At Goldman he was one of three vice-chairmen in Asia alongside Hsueh Sung and Carlos Cordeiro and specialized in talking to GoldmanÆs key clients about macroeconomic policy issues.

Courtis hit the headlines early last year when he objected to CNOOCÆs attempted bid for Unocal. Courtis was a board member of CNOOC and disagreed with the acquisition of the US oil firm.

However, what made the situation unusual was that...
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