TRADING UP: ITG Hires Emmert, O’Meara; Nomura Adds Jallot


Execution broker ITG hired a pair of traders. First, John Emmert will join the firm this week as a Director on the Global Portfolio Trading team, based in New York. Emmert is a 20-year trading veteran with strong client relationships, most recently working for 10 years as a Director in the Global Program Sales & Trading group at Deutsche Bank Securities. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Emmert worked in program sales trading roles at Société Générale, Susquehanna International Group, BNP Paribas and Bankers Trust, all based in New York.

Also onboarding is Sean O’Meara as a Director of ETF Trading. O’Meara is a 14-year trading veteran with deep industry knowledge and charged with growing the US ETF team and sales effort. He worked most recently in ETF trading at Abel Noser and also spent 9 years at J.P. Morgan, including as Executive Director of marketing making U.S. listed ETFs. O’Meara started his career at Morgan Stanley before moving on to J.P. Morgan where he helped build their ETF business. He is based in New York and joined ITG at the end of March.

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Les Vital, LiquidityBook

AQMetrics reported that Breige Tinnelly has joined the firm as Head of Sales, U.K. Tinnelly oversees AQMetrics’ newest office based in London as the firm takes the next step in its ongoing strategic growth initiative. With over 20 years of experience, he was Senior Vice President at U.S. Bank and as Vice President of BNY Mellon. Tinnelly was previously a Managing Partner at Carlingford Capital Ltd, an advisory firm providing consulting services to private equity funds and asset managers.

LiquidityBook announced the addition of Les Vital as Head of Technical Sales. Vital, who brings over 15 years of capital markets experience, will work hand-in-hand with LiquidityBook’s sales, onboarding, product management and development teams. Vital joins from Broadridge Financial, where he spent six years as a project manager in its investment management solutions business. Prior to that he served in Eze Software’s business consulting group. He began his career at Morgan Stanley, working as both an operations and trading analyst. He reports to Sean Sullivan, Chief Revenue Officer.

Nomura has hired Fred Jallot as head of its global markets division in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to people familiar with the matter. He will join in the summer, one of the people said. Jallot spent the past decade with Citi, where he was most recently head of credit trading for EMEA.

Elizabeth Keeley has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer at Taconic Capital. Keeley joined the event-driven focused firm in 2005 as chief compliance officer and was named General Counsel in 2013. She will retain both positions along with her new COO responsibilities. The COO role has been unfilled since August 2012, when the previous COO Robin Rothstein retired.

OCC, the equity derivatives clearing organization, said that Robert Bodnar, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, has joined the OIC Roundtable. The OIC Roundtable is the independent governing body of the OIC, and is comprised of representatives from the options exchanges, member brokerage firms, and OCC.

Neudata announced that Robert Benson has joined the firm as an investor and business advisor.  Benson is an active investor in promising startup businesses within the financial and data sectors. He will be based in London and will assist the Neudata team in growing its alternative data intelligence platform that hedge fund managers and other institutional investors are finding critically important.

Axioma, a provider of enterprise market risk and portfolio management solutions, has brought on board industry veteran Mark Traudt as Managing Director and Head of Product Engineering. His role will be to further Axioma’s leadership role in financial technology innovation. Traudt joined Axioma from risk analytics firm Quantifi, Inc. where he had been Chief Technology Officer since 2003. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Global Equity Derivatives including ING Barings, Sumitomo Bank Capital Markets, and Kidder Peabody.

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, appointed Thijs Aaten, a senior executive from the pension fund industry to its Board of Directors. Aaten is Managing Director of Treasury and Trading at APG Asset Management, a Dutch pensions provider. The appointment represents the first time a senior executive with relevant pension fund expertise has served on the ISDA Board. ISDA also pointed the following to its board:

  • Sian Hurrell, Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities, Europe, RBC Capital Markets
  • Masanobu Ichiya, Managing Director, Head of the Derivative Trading Department at Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.
  • Tom Wipf, Vice Chairman of Institutional Securities, Morgan Stanley
  • Rana Yared, Managing Director, Principal Strategic Investments Team, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs

Berenberg has hired four equities pros to its UK mid-cap research team. They include experienced analysts Charles Weston, a healthcare specialist who has spent two years in industry and has 12 years on the sell-side, most recently at Numis; and Ian Osburn who has 10 years of experience and was most recently at Cantor Fitzgerald. The team has also added Donald Tait from Panmure Gordon and Anthony Plom from Canaccord.

Anna Ewing, NEX

Société Générale promoted Adam Cohen to the role of head of Americas platform sales for prime services. Cohen, who has been with the bank for seven years and is based in New York, was previously deputy head of Americas platform sales and global head of institutional sales. He replaces former head of prime brokerage and clearing for the Americas and head of platform sales Alain Courbebaisse who left in April. Prior to his new role, Cohen held positions at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Barclays.

Deutsche Bank has promoted its head of FX, David Wayne, to a new role responsibility for leading its electronic trading team across all asset classes. He now will lead a single team of electronic traders across fixed income, equities and FX, according to a memo from Garth Ritchie, Deutsche Bank’s head of corporate and investment banking (CIB).

Cobalt also announces the expansion of its core team and the opening of a New York office. Devika Darbari joined Cobalt as COO from JDX Consulting where she was a Board member and CEO Americas. She will also head up operations in the US. Jon Light joins as its Head of Product and Steve Nelson as Head of Solution Delivery and Support. Prior to joining Cobalt, Jon Light was Director of FX Product Management at Markit. Steve Nelson was the Trading Support Team Lead at Fixnetix. These latest hires follow the appointment of Charlotte Crosswell, former Nasdaq NLX CEO, as Strategic Advisor for Cobalt in December 2016.

NEX Group, a financial technology company, reported that Anna Ewing has been appointed to its Board as a non-executive director. She has also been appointed to the Risk Committee. Ewing most recently worked for Nasdaq which she joined in 2000 and spent 15 years with the company. She‘s held several senior executive roles including Chief Information Officer and also established the Global Technology Solutions division. Prior to Nasdaq, Anna worked for CIBC World Markets and also spent 15 years at Merrill Lynch in a variety of technology and operations leadership roles.







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