Here’s who’s leading Morgan Stanley’s cloud initiatives after the bank’s lead departs for Microsoft

  • Allison Gorman Nachtigal was previously the head of Morgan Stanley’s cloud program.
  • She left to start a new role at Microsoft as a VP building cloud solutions for industry clients.
  • Managing directors Yunchi Nam and Trevor Brosnan are overseeing Gorman’s previous remit.

Microsoft has recently acquired one of Wall Street’s top cloud executives.

Allison Gorman Nachtigal, the former head of Morgan Stanley’s cloud program, has left the bank for the tech behemoth, according to Insider.

According to a person familiar with the situation, her position has been taken over by two Morgan Stanley managing directors: Yunchi Nam, who oversees cloud engineering, and Trevor Brosnan, who oversees technology architecture and modernization.

According to the source, Gorman Nachtigal left the bank in May. Gorman Nachtigal, vice president of industry scale and customer engagement at Microsoft, is in charge of developing technology solutions for specific industries such as retail, healthcare, and sustainability. Morgan Stanley’s primary cloud partner is Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing program.

While Morgan Stanley kept her “happy and challenged,” Gorman Nachtigal realized she wanted to work directly with the company after partnering with them on cloud capabilities, according to a LinkedIn post announcing her new role on Monday.

“Crafting solutions that modern computer technology can bring to empower a business across different global industries sounded intriguing and quickly became the objective for the next step in my career,” she said.

Gorman Nachtigal worked for Morgan Stanley for 33 years. According to her LinkedIn, she progressed through the bank’s technology analyst program and later held tech leadership positions in AI, enterprise computing, cybersecurity, and cloud. She was most recently the head of the cloud program, guiding teams across the firm in their transition to the public cloud.

Nam handles the plumbing for Morgan Stanley’s cloud efforts as the firm’s new head of cloud engineering. She continues to serve as the bank’s head of enterprise compute, overseeing the storage, data, and application services requirements, which range from web platforms and databases to analytics and business intelligence. Nam has spent the last 24 years at Morgan Stanley.

Meanwhile, Brosnan, Morgan Stanley’s head of technology architecture and modernization, took on the cloud architecture and business enablement responsibilities. On cloud software, he collaborates closely with the bank’s business stakeholders. Brosnan and Nam both report to Michael Poser, the enterprise technology and services chief information officer.

Requests for comment from Microsoft and Gorman Nachtigal were not returned.

Morgan Stanley and Azure signed a strategic partnership in June 2021. Azure handles the majority of the bank’s cloud computing volumes, and Morgan Stanley collaborates with the cloud provider to develop new tools and applications. The cloud has played an important role in the bank’s modernization efforts, from accelerating how the bank evaluates new technology vendors to transforming how the bank shares and analyzes data with institutional clients.

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