Lloyd Blankfein said a report of his exit may be premature.
The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. chief executive officer pushed back Friday against a Wall Street Journal report that said he plans to step down as soon as the end of this year.
“I feel like Huck Finn listening to his own eulogy,” Blankfein said in a post on Twitter.
The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter that it didn’t identify, said Blankfein, 63, could leave this year and the bank intended to replace him with one of its two co-presidents, David Solomon or Harvey Schwartz.
Nowhere was the news met with more surprise than inside Goldman Sachs. Members of the management committee were stunned, according to people familiar with the matter. Blankfein, who steered the firm through the financial crisis, has yet to set a timetable for his departure or discuss his plans with senior colleagues, one of the people said.