TRADING UP: JonesTrading Lands Head of Prime; GTX Lands Poltavsky for FX Sales
Leading SaaS compliance platform Opus Global has appointed Emanuele Conti as its new chief executive officer. Conti brings more than 20 years’ leadership experience in risk management and data analytics. He was most recently CEO of Kroll Inc. and before that, president of the North America and international divisions of Dun & Bradstreet. Opus was co-founded by GTCR, a leading Chicago-based private equity firm and Doug Bergeron, former CEO of VeriFone, who will now serve as Executive Chairman.
JonesTrading Institutional Services announced that Andrew Volz has joined the firm in New York as a managing director and head of prime services. Volz is responsible for leading the expansion of the firm’s prime brokerage business, focusing on alternative investment managers, institutional investors, and family offices. Volz had been director of prime services sales at Wells Fargo Securities for more than four years. Previously, Volz was a product specialist at Merlin Securities.
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GTX, the institutional foreign exchange trading arm of Gain Capital Holdings, landed Eduard Poltavsky as director of e-FX sales. Poltavsky specializes in Russian ruble and other eastern European currency pairs. Before joining GTX, Poltavsky was director of FX sales at Bats Hotspot. Prior to Hotspot, he covered emerging markets instruments, including spot FX, forwards and non-deliverable forwards at voice brokers BGC Partners. He started his career at Bloomberg LP where he held several positions, eventually co-managing a regional Russian sales team of 12 people and leading the company’s efforts to launch and implement FX in the Eastern Europe. At GX he is based in London and reports to John Miesner, managing director and Global Head of Sales.
Global Fund Services hired Sunny Huang as a relationship manager responsible for new business development and the collaboration between clients and the firm. She will report to Allen Li, director of the Hong Kong office.
CME Europe has a new head of foreign exchange: Alexander Cave. Cave was most recently a consultant at IntroAfrica Services Ltd which specializes on market entry and operating services. Prior to this he was a foreign exchange trader at Citigroup in London for seven years.
Morgan Stanley alum managing director Caitlin Long has joined blockchain startup Symbiont as president and chairman of the board. Long brings expertise honed during tenures at both Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, including time spent on the former firm’s distributed ledger working group.
ABN Amro Clearing appointed Andrej Bolkovic as chief executive of its Chicago operations. Bolkovic stepped into the role at the end of June. He was previously global chief operations officer of ABN Amro Clearing Bank in Amsterdam, a role he had held since February 2015. His appointment followed the decision by its previous CEO, John Ruth, to step down in May after running the Chicago-based business for three years. Prior to joining the Dutch bank in 2013, Bolkovic was a managing director for execution and clearing and a branch manager for Goldman Sachs’ Chicago office.
Huw van Steenis was appointed Schroders’ global head of strategy, a new role where he will be responsible for business strategy and corporate development. Van Steenis will join the asset manager’s London office in the fourth quarter. He will be a member of the management committee and report to chief executive Peter Harrison. Van Steenis is currently managing director of banks and diversified research at Morgan Stanley, where he has spent 14 years. He previously worked at JP Morgan and Boston Consulting Group.
OCC, the equity derivatives clearing organization, reported that Tom Wittman, a veteran exchange executive, has joined its board as an exchange director, replacing Gary Katz, formerly of International Securities Exchange. Wittman is currently EVP of Nasdaq and global head of equities, a division of the company’s global trading & market services business. He oversees the global cash equities and equity derivatives businesses and is responsible for the management and strategy of Nasdaq’s three U.S. equities markets, three U.S. options markets, the equity and equity derivatives trading in Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm as well as Nasdaq’s investment in the TOM multilateral trading facility, TOM. Previously, Wittman served as senior vice president, head of U.S. equities and derivatives and president of PHLX and prior to that, as vice president of U.S. options, where he led the team in transitioning from an open outcry, floor-based specialist system to an electronic, hybrid system.
Previous Trading Up columns:
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- TRADING UP: Schroders Bulks Up Fixed Income Team; Credit Suisse Hires Quant Pro
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