- 1. Career
John Francis William Rogers is an American businessman, serving as Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Goldman Sachs.
Rogers has held numerous posts in U.S. government including research assistant for President Gerald Ford's director of communications David Gergen and assistant to President Ronald Reagan (at twenty-seven, the youngest person to receive that responsibility). When Reagan's chief of staff, James Baker, became Secretary of the Treasury, he took Rogers with him; Rogers was the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1987. From 1991 to 1993, during George H. W. Bush's administration, Rogers served as Under Secretary of State for Management.
In 1994, Rogers joined Goldman Sachs in its Fixed Income Division and eventually became the chief of staff to CEOs Jon S. Corzine, Henry Paulson, Lloyd Blankfein, and David M. Solomon. He was made a partner in 2000, and "has no revenue-generating responsibilities and strives to have virtually no public profile. "He is said to have been United States Treasury Secretary Paulson's closest advisor while at Goldman, as well as a member of United States Secretary of State James Baker's inner circle.
In 2011, CEO Lloyd Blankfein named Rogers one of the eleven executives of the firm. As of 2019, he was executive vice president, chief of staff and secretary to the board of directors at Goldman as well as serving as chairman of the board of directors of the Atlantic Council, the American Atlanticist international affairs think tank. Rogers is a life trustee and the treasurer of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the White House Historical Association, and Vice Chairman of the Board of the American Academy in Rome. In September 2019, Rogers was one of the US financial community representatives invited to the White House state dinner for Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison. In November 2019, he assisted 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates to show that American small business was on their agenda.
In April 2020, Rogers hosted the inauguration of The Finance 202, a new lobbying group for small businesses. In 2020, he was appointed as the Chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Board of Directors for the year 2021.