Stan O'Neal is former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch. O'Neal served in numerous senior management positions at Merrill Lynch prior to taking the reins at the head of the company. Before joining Merrill, O'Neal was a member of the board of directors of General Motors from 2001 through 2006. 
O'Neal started as an analyst for GM and three years later he became the director in the treasury division.
GM offered O’Neal a spot at its General Motors Institute (later Kettering University) where O’Neal combined the study of engineering and industrial administration with work at the Doraville plant. Stan O’Neal received his B.S. in Industrial Administration in 1974. O’Neal later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1978. 
- How Stan O’Neal went from the production line to the front line of investment banking. Euromoney.
- Stanley O'Neal. BlackPast.