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Eric S. Dobkin, Class of 1964


Eric S. Dobkin

Graduating from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in economics, Eric S. Dobkin was the Jewett Orator at the 1964 Commencement. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1967.

Dobkin joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in institutional equity sales in Philadelphia, and in 1973 he relocated to Chicago, becoming the manager of institutional sales, leading the firm's equities business in the Midwest. His assignment to Goldman, Sachs' New York headquarters began in 1978 as manager of the Restricted Stock Group handling large block transactions.

As the founder and head of Goldman, Sachs equity underwriting business, Dobkin is widely credited with creating the global equity capital markets. He was responsible for all equity issuance worldwide, managing seven of the 10 largest equity offerings in the U.S. and the privatizations in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore, as well as CONRAIL, the only U.S. privatization.
In 1998, Goldman, Sachs was named the Equity House of the Past 25 Years by International Financial Review (IFR).

Dobkin was elected a General Partner in 1982 and currently serves as an Advisory Director of Goldman, Sachs and a member of the Commitments and Firmwide Capital Committees.

In 1998, upon his retirement as a Partner, Dobkin was awarded IFR's first Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, on the occasion of IFR's 30th anniversary, Dobkin was honored with the Special Award for Equities, highlighting his accomplishments in the world capital markets.

In 1996, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Marietta College. He served on the Board of Trustees for 16 years, becoming Emeritus in 2002.