Rob Sweeney

Globl Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking
Goldman Sachs
A headshot of Rob Sweeney, the global head of consumer and retail investment banking at Goldman Sachs

Rob Sweeney, global head of Goldman Sachs’ Consumer and Retail Group in the Investment Banking Division, says he loves retail because it’s tangible, dynamic and experiential. “You live it every day, multiple times per day,” he says, “and every day produces winners and losers.” Anyone can perform due diligence on a retailer based on their own firsthand experience, he says. “Consumers can pretty quickly make a judgment as to how good an investment may be. Does the brand have the right viral buzz? Does it have the hallmarks of a compelling company?”

Before he joined Goldman 20 years ago, Sweeney served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. At Goldman, his first IPO was Carter’s, followed by retail giants such as Under Armour, lululemon, J.Crew, Dollar General and Five Below. Sweeney, who was named partner in 2008, says the future of retail remains unknown. “Predictions that retail is ‘dead’ have been proven and will prove wrong,” he says. “What we can always count on are disruptors and disrupted. I enjoy advising companies on both sides of that divide.”