E. Stanley O’Neal rises at Merrill Lynch

Black executive one step away from the top

Birmingham), to Wall Street. Along the way he earned a B.S. from Kettering University in Michigan and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

“I am honored to take on this leadership role,” O’Neal said in a statement. “Merrill Lynch is an exceptional company with exceptional people. Together, we will build upon a long and impressive record of growth as one of the world’s premier brands in financial services.”

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