NASDAQ OMX, the parent company behind the U.S. stock exchange known by the NASDAQ brand, has today announced the formation of a new entity under the name Global Market Services, to handle the groups’ transactions, clearing and settlement services in the U.S. and Europe, according to its official press release.
This new formation will help the group expand its cash and derivatives business within equities and its fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) business, as per the description.
Taking the lead of the newly combined global business, encompassing the U.S. and European segments, Hans-Ole Jochumsen, Executive Vice President at NASDAQ OMX has been appointed to be responsibe for overseeing the new entity as Head of Global Market Services, and will be reporting directly to the group’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Greifeld.
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The idea behind the new entity is to help facilitate global growth, and technology synergy, by combining the market services businesses from both the U.S. and Europe, with each reporting to Mr. Jochumsen.
“As markets have become increasingly global in asset classes like fixed income, currency and commodities and in the OTC clearing space, we believe it is an opportune time to structure our transaction business in such a way that takes advantage of these opportunities,” said Bob Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer of NASDAQ OMX.
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Mr. Greifeld added regarding the expanded role of Mr. Jochumsen, “Hans-Ole has exhibited tremendous leadership, and his background and experience spans virtually every asset class. His global perspective and outstanding track record will help take our transaction businesses to the next level.”
The news follows its previously announced creation of a Global Information Services, as well as the combination of market technology and corporate solutions to form its Global Technology Solutions.
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“We’ve successfully integrated trading and clearing of all our asset classes at all our Nordic and Baltic exchanges to one technology platform to allow true multi-asset trading and clearing,” said Hans-Ole Jochumsen, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Market Services at NASDAQ OMX. “With the fixed income, currency and commodities markets becoming increasingly global, I’m thrilled to make NASDAQ OMX the world leader in creating a truly integrated global offering in these areas.”
Mr. Jochumsen previously oversaw NASDAQ OMX’s Transaction Services Nordic business which provides an integrated marketplace of eight independent Nordic and Baltic exchanges as well as trading and clearing (for derivatives and OTC) of Nordic and Baltic securities.
Jochumsen is also responsible for NASDAQ OMX Commodities, the unit within the company that includes the trading and clearing of financial products on one of the world’s largest power exchanges. He previously oversaw the company’s transaction services in the Nordic region which is integrated with eight Nordic and Baltic exchanges and includes derivatives and OTC trading and clearing in securities in those regions.