Refinitiv, formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters, has lured Eduard Poltavsky, who held several sales roles at major FX venues, to join the market development team at its Foreign Exchange unit.
In this role, Poltavsky will play a key role at Refinitiv’s FX business with a focus on doubling down on driving sales efforts, developing partnerships, expanding global reach, and growing value for clients and prospects.
Eduard is joining Refinitiv from FlexTrade, a specialist in multi-asset execution and order management systems, where he had been its FX sales manager for the EMEA region for nearly one year.
Prior to FlexTrade, Mr. Poltavsky served as Director of e-FX Sales at GTX, the institutional foreign exchange trading arm of GAIN Capital, which was sold last year to Deutsche Boerse’s FX unit, 360T. He also spent more than three years as Director of FX Sales at BATS Hotspot.
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Previously, he held various sales positions at voice broker BGC Partners, covering Emerging Markets instruments, including Spot FX, Forwards and NDFs.
Poltavsky specializes in Russian ruble and other Eastern European currency pairs. He has originally started his career at Bloomberg back in 2007, where he co-managed a regional Russian sales team of 12 people and leading the company’s efforts to launch and implement FX <GO> in Eastern Europe.
Refinitiv doubles down in FX business
Refinitiv’s Eikon solution has been one of Thomson Reuters’ flagship products that helps aggregate and process real-time and historical data to facilitate financial markets transactions and connectivity. The product has already been adopted across 180 different countries, making it one of the most widely used platforms in the market.
In turn, FXall’s services are used by 180 banks and over 2,300 institutional clients that make markets for foreign exchange products, including asset managers, corporations, banks, broker-dealers, and hedge funds.
Refinitiv went private in October 2018 when Thomson Reuters completed the sale of a majority stake in its financial-and-risk arm to private equity firm Blackstone Group, alongside Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Singapore state fund GIC for $17 billion.