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Gregory Fleming ’88
Leadership Starts with People
John Quincy Adams’s quote, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” is one of Gregory Fleming’s favorite leadership sayings.
Fleming is Chief Executive Officer of Rockefeller Capital Management, a role he has held since the firm, the successor to Rockefeller & Co., launched in March 2018.
“Throughout my career, including my tenure at Rockefeller Capital Management, I believe leadership starts with people: attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining best-in-class people from a broad cross section of different backgrounds,” said Fleming. “To successfully do that requires a culture of both excellence in everything that we do combined with the creation of a truly collegial, collaborative, culture with a firm-first mindset.”
Describing leadership like a puzzle, Fleming believes that it is important to constantly communicate and reinforce the strategy and vision. “The best people want to feel like they are a part of something special and unique. Integrity, which creates the ability for these talented people to trust the leadership and trust the organization, is the last piece of the puzzle,” said Fleming. “A clear sense of right and wrong and ironclad commitment from the top of the organization to maintaining the highest ethical standards are essential for good leadership.”
Prior to leading Rockefeller Capital Management, Fleming was President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch, from 2007 to 2009, and previously ran Merrill Lynch’s Global Investment Banking business. He joined Merrill Lynch as an investment banker in 1992. Fleming was also a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton.
Fleming is a former trustee of Colgate University, a member of the Board of Advisors for the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Economic Club of New York, and a trustee at Deerfield Academy. He also serves as an advisory director on the board of the Miami Marlins, a resource council member of the Turn 2 Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Board of COVR, an innovative financial services startup.