Living electronic dance music legend and part-time investment banker David Solomon turned up at the Milken Global Conference in LA to talk about how things are going over at Goldman Sachs. The newly-minted COO shared many of the market thoughts he has compiled between drape measurement sessions in Lloyd Blankfein's office.
DJ D-SOL even went on live television to tell CNBC's David Faber that he is very optimistic about the deal-making environment in general and Goldman's future in the consumer lending business in particular. But then, for some inexplicable reason, he seemingly just decided to lie directly into Faber's face.
After saying out loud that he's "Extremely focused on this current job," Solomon decided to up the ante on his fib parade by saying this about how long he'll have to wait for Lloyd to surrender his chair:
"No timeline … the board has its process. And the board will work through its process. Succession will occur when it's the right time for succession to occur."
Faber, likely in shock from being so unconscionably dissembled at, did not slap Solomon across the mouth or roll his eyes. We consider this a tremendous display of professionalism.
And to those of you inside 200 West Street, feel free to hit us up and let us know just how broadly Marty Chavez is grinning as he strolls around the office winking at people today.