Morgan Stanley just tapped a 34-year veteran of the firm as its first-ever head of cloud and architecture as the bank embarks on a broader adoption of the tech

  • Morgan Stanley has named its first-ever head of cloud and architecture, Insider has learned.
  • Bobby Gilja, a 34-year veteran of the firm, will take on the new role.
  • Gilja will look to drive Morgan Stanley’s “cloud strategy, enablement, and adoption,” according to an internal memo.
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Morgan Stanley has named its first-ever head of cloud and architecture as the bank looks to increase its adoption of the tech, Insider has learned.

Bobby Gilja, a 34-year veteran of the bank who started as a developer, was tapped to lead cloud and architecture for Morgan Stanley, a newly created role.

Gilja, who previously was the chief information officer of corporate and funding technology at the bank, will drive cloud strategy, enablement, and adoption, according to an internal memo viewed by Insider that was sent Thursday by Rob Rooney, Morgan Stanley’s head of technology, operations, and firm resilience.

Gilja will also create a new function at the bank focused on architecture strategy and governance across Morgan Stanley, according to the memo. He will continue to report to Rooney.

Morgan Stanley’s interest in the cloud has continued to grow over the years. In 2018, the bank established a cloud center of excellence.

Rooney cited in the memo the success of the CoE — which is under the senior leadership of Sigal Zarmi, Morgan Stanley’s head of transformation, and run by Allison Gorman Nachtigal, an MD at the bank — as putting the firm in a position where it is now “ready to transition to broad adoption of cloud technologies.”

Gorman Nachtigal will now report to Gilja regarding her cloud responsibilities. 

Gilja will also collaborate with Michael Poser, the bank’s CIO of enterprise technology and risk, to ensure Morgan Stanley’s cloud strategy will effectively work with its engineering group. David Halliwell, who is establishing Morgan Stanley’s developer experience platform, will jointly report to Gilja and Poser, according to the memo. 

“Among the incredible accomplishments achieved in technology, operations & firm resilience, one that stands out is how we have progressed our many transformation priorities so successfully, despite the extraordinary challenges we faced last year,” Rooney wrote. “Due to this remarkable work, we are now able to take some important next steps forward in cloud, architecture.”

Morgan Stanley’s tech and operations division is on the rise internally

Gilja, who sits on Morgan Stanley’s technology operating committee, joined the firm in 1987 as a technology analyst. Throughout his career he has worked on a variety of technology roles within the bank, including in leadership positions in prime brokerage and wealth management, among other divisions.

Wall Street’s usage of the public cloud has continued to rise over the years. Banks increased comfort level with the technology, along with the potential cost savings, have made adoption of the tech more attractive. 

Morgan Stanley has had a series of recent shake ups among its tech and operations division, which is run by Rooney.

In September, Katherine Wetmur was named head of technology and operations risk, Insider reported. Zarmi took over Wetmur’s duties as international chief information officer.

Meanwhile, Insider reported on Wednesday that Morgan Stanley had named Peter Akwaboah as its new COO of the division. 

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