This week was highlighted by a number of key figures changing roles, joining new companies, and leaving old workplaces behind.
Monday, June 12
Nicholas Thompson, Liquidity Book
LiquidityBook, a FIX and OMS trading solutions provider, publicized having hired Nicholas Thompson as the Manager of Client Services in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). This move follows the growth in public demand for buy side compliance with the nearing MiFIID II regulations.
Fabian Chui, ADS Securities
Fabian Chui has joined ADS Securities, stepping into a new role as Head of Brokerage Risk with the Abu DAbi based financial services firm. Chui is the former Head of Market Risk at IG Group, and worked as a Senior Quant Analyst before taking over risk management roles.
Michael Davie, LCH
Michael Davie has been hired as a Head of SwapClear and Global Head of Rates at LCH, a group of multi-asset clearinghouses and risk management services firms. This too is an adjustment to the upcoming MiFID II guidelines.
Tuesday, June 13
Andrew Leelarthaepin, CIMB
Andrew Leelarthaepin, a financial industry veteran, has been hired by Malaysia based broker CIMB Securities International, where he will hold the position of Head of Foreign Exchange. Leelarthaepin has worked for more than 15 years in the finance industry, filling roles in well-known forex brokerages, specializing in both forex and CFDs.
Chris Leonard, Barclays PLC
Barclays PLC has appointed Chris Leonard to lead U.S. interest rates trading, according to an official statement. Leonard is one of the founders of Alphadyne Asset Management, and the assets of the company increased to $2 billion during his tenure. He then went on to launch Arcem Capital ‘s flagship macro fixed incomes strategy.
Matt DellaRocca, LMAX Exchange
LMAX Exchange, a multilateral trading facility (MTF) with headquarters in London, announced its having hired Matt DellaRocca. DellaRocca will hold a newly created position of Liquidity Manager in the Americas.
Robert Boylan, Dash Financial Technologies
Dash Financial Technologies, a multi-asset trading technology provider company, has appointed Robert Boylan as its new Managing Director of Business development. Boylan has vast experience with hedge funds, and he is considered a veteran in the financial industry.
Simon Hooks, LCG Holdings
Simon Hooks has stepped down from his role as General Counsel and Company Secretary at London Capital Group Holdings PLC. Hooks is leaving the company after less than a year on the job. He had stepped in last September, serving as Matthew Parish’s successor.
Wednesday, June 14
Jonathan Yalmokas, Royal Bank of Canada
Jonathan Yalmokas has been said to have the intention of stepping down from his position as Head of Prime Brokerage in Americas. The reason appears to be his accepting a senior role at Royal Bank of Canada. In his new position, Yalmokas is to serve as a leader at an equity financing business at the Canadian bank.
Mark Speciale, BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas Investment Partners has hired Mark Speciale as the new Head of Asia Pacific Institutional Sales. Speciale will lead the bank’s APAC institutional sales strategy, consultant engagement, and relationship management.
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Mattias Hammarqvist, Nasdaq Broker Services AB
Nasdaq Broker Services AB, which is an investment firm licensed by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, has appointed Mattias Hammarqvist as its new CEO. Hammarqvist will be taking over from Peter Ekström, the acting CEO, who will become the new Head of Business Development.
Anthony Griffin, Oanda Australia
Anthony Griffin was announced as Managing Director at Oanda Australia back in the beginning of June 2017. Before coming to this company, Griffin had served as the CEO of Saxo Capital Markets’ Sydney Branch. He began working with the latter company back in 2011 as a business consultant at the Singapore branch.
Thursday, June 15
Asita Anche, Barclays
Barclays, a UK based investment bank and financial service provider, has welcomed Asita Anche as the new Head of Cross-Asset Quantitative Trading. Before joining Barclays, Anche had served as a trader at Goldman Sachs for almost seven years starting in July 2010. She will take over her position in July.
Anish Mohammed, BABB
Anish Mohammed has joined BABB, a blockchain based banking service startup, as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and Chief Security Officer. Mohammed is considered both a thought leader and a specialist in cryptography.
Robert Greifeld, Virtu Financial Inc.
Virtu Financial Inc., the group which acquired KCG Holdings Inc., added the former NASDAQ CEO Robert Greifeld to its board of directors. Greifeld will assume his new senior role once Virtu Financial’s takeover of KCG, worth $1.4 billion, is complete.
Tibor Gregely, UniCredit
UniCredit, an Italian bank, hired Tibor Gregely as its new Director in Forex and eCommerce. Gregely worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for six years as a manager of deployment and development of the bank’s system for forex and options online trading. This included managing price generation and algorithm based trading.
Friday, June 16
Brian Phillips, FinaCom PLC
The Financial Commission, which is a financial industry dispute resolution service provider, has been joined by Brian Phillips as its newest member of the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC). Phillips is is the Co-Founder of Argosy Global Advisors, a firm which offers liquidity consultation and risk management for retail brokers around the world.
Richard Chmiel, Accern
Richard Chmiel has recently joined Accern, a data science operation in global analytics, as its new Chief Revenue Office. Before he joined this firm, Chmiel worked at RS Metrics as CEO while also filling an advisory role for almost two years. He further served as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at OneMarketData, as well as being VP of Global Sales at Skyler Technology.
Ninni Pramdell, Cinnober
Ninni Pramdell, financial services specialist, was hired by Cinnober, taking on the role of Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Pramdell takes over a position created just recently, having held a similar one at Palette Software.
Kathryn Sweeney, State Street Global Advisors
State Street Global Advisors, State Street Corporation’s asset management branch, has named Kathryn Sweeney as its new Head of SPDR Americas Institutional Sales. The move takes place due to the demand for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in North America, especially among financial institutions.
Scott Sinawi, RBC Capital Markets
RBC Capital Markets, a global investment management service provider, has hired Scott Sinawi as the Head of U.S. Rates Sales in the company’s fixed income currencies (FICC) trading group. RBC looks to strengthen the department with its new hire during a rise in demand for FICC trading.
Saturday, June 17
Alex de Lusignan, LCG
UK-based forex brokerage London Capital Group has hired Alex de Lusignan as Senior Business Development Manager. De Lusignan worked at firms like UniCredit, Julius Baer, and SwissQuote, filling various positions. At his last workplace, De Lusignan held the role of Head of Sales in EMEA and South America at Acenya Capital.