Omer Ismail is a partner at Goldman Sachs and the head of the firm’s US Consumer business. In his role, he oversees Marcus by Goldman Sachs as well as the Goldman Sachs and Apple credit card partnership. Under Omer’s leadership, Goldman Sachs’ Consumer business has grown to $7 billion in loan balances, $72 billion in deposits, and 1,700 employees and earned over $860 million in revenue in 2019.
Goldman Sachs launched its consumer platform with a vision of giving consumers control over their financial lives through products that are simple, transparent, easy-to-use and always on the side of the customer. Since its
launch four years ago, the offering has resonated strongly with consumers including being recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Finance Companies.
Omer’s role in launching Goldman Sachs’ Consumer business started five years ago when, after a decade in private equity investing and investment banking, he was asked to lead a team to evaluate opportunities in the consumer space. After identifying several business opportunities, Omer became the Consumer
business’ first employee – tasked with building the team and overseeing the development of the product, operations, risk and marketing functions.
Prior to joining the Consumer business, Omer spent a decade in the private equity division at Goldman Sachs, focused on investing in technology-enabled businesses in the financial services, media, and healthcare sectors. During his tenure, Omer led a number of controlling and non-controlling investments
ranging from leveraged buyouts to growth equity investments. His investments and board assignments included the YES Network (the Yankees regional sports network start-up), Brighton Health Group (a growth
platform in the healthcare delivery sector), and Advanced Recovery Systems (a roll-up in the substance abuse recovery space).
Omer is a member of the GS Firmwide Enterprise Risk Committee, GS Firmwide Asset Liability Committee, and GS Americas Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Omer has been recognized as one of Fortune’s 40 under 40, Business Insider’s 100 People Transforming Business, and Crain’s 40 under 40. He was featured in ‘The Money Hackers: How A Group of Misfits Took
On Wall Street and Changed Finance Forever’ by Daniel P. Simon. Omer’s career was also highlighted in ‘How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World: The Definitive Guide to Adapting and Succeeding in HighPerforming Careers’ by Neil Irwin.
Omer grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Pakistan Foundation and the Finance Committee for the Grace Church School. Omer lives in New York with his wife and two kids.