Keeping Track of Appointments, Promotions and Other People News in our Industry

Nov 8, 2015

  • BNY Mellon appointed MICHELLE NEAL (pictured) president of BNY Mellon Markets Group. She was most recently global head of listed derivatives, markets clearing and fixed income market structure with Deutsche Bank. Neal reports to CURTIS ARLEDGE, vice chairman of BNY Mellon. She succeeded KURT WOETZEL, who retired.


  • London Stock Exchange Group named NIKHIL RATHI as chief executive officer of London Stock Exchange. Rathi previously was the group’s chief of staff and director of international development. Before joining LSE Group in May 2014, he held several senior roles at the U.K. Treasury. Rathi succeeded ALEXANDER JUSTHAM, who announced earlier this year that he intended to leave the company. In addition to serving as CEO of the exchange, he also had group-wide responsibility for regulatory strategy and government affairs. LSE has not yet named a successor for that role.

  • Citadel Securities hired BRIAN OLIVER as European head of institutional sales and relationship management for the firm’s market-making business in fixed income, currencies and commodities. Oliver, who will join Citadel in October, was previously at J.P. Morgan as European head of sales and marketing for the firm’s futures, options and OTC clearing business. He will be based in London and will report to PAUL HAMILL, global head of FICC.

  • PAUL DAVIES, managing director, futures services at Goldman Sachs in Singapore, was named chairman of FIA Asia. He succeeded CONOR CUNNINGHAM.

  • Euronext appointed STÉPHANE BOUJNAH as its new chief executive officer. Boujnah, who will start in November, previously worked at Santander Global Banking and Markets where he was head of continental Europe since June 2014. Earlier in his career he was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. He replaces JOS DIJSSELHOF, currently interim CEO of Euronext.

  • CME Group named MAUREEN GUILFOILE executive director and associate general counsel, dealing primarily with clearing issues. She previously worked at ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago as managing director and general counsel and before that she was a partner at the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman. CME also appointed UDESH JHA as chief risk officer for its London-based clearinghouse, CME Clearing Europe. He replaced MARC VIAL. Jha joined CME in 2010 and most recently was executive director of quantitative risk management.

  • ZAR AMROLIA, Deutsche Bank’s former co-head of fixed-income, currencies and commodities, left the bank to join XTX Markets, a newly formed electronic trading company based in London. Amrolia will serve as co-CEO at the trading firm alongside ALEX GERKO, the company’s current chief executive. XTX Markets was spun off from quantitative hedge fnd GSA Capital in July. It specializes in market-making in foreign exchange markets and is planning to expand into other markets such as listed derivatives.

  • GAVIN PARKER was appointed chief operating officer of Sucden Financial and a member of London-based firm’s board of directors. He joined Sucden in early 2007 as director of information systems


  • JAN BOOMAARS was named chief executive officer of Optiver Europe. He was most recently a partner at Goldman Sachs. He will take over from PAUL HILGERS, global CEO of Optiver Holding, who has been serving as interim CEO for Optiver Europe for the last 12 months. Before joining Optiver, Boomaars was at Goldman Sachs for 21 years, during which time he was involved in setting up its portfolio trading business and expanding the firm’s electronic trading business in EMEA.

  • ABN Amro named ROBBERT BOOIJ as country executive for the U.K. and general manager of the bank’s U.K. branch. Booij, who has been in charge of the Dutch bank’s derivatives clearing business in the U.K. since December 2012, will continue in that role alongside his other responsibilities. As country executive, Booij oversees a wide range of business lines, including capital markets, commodities brokerage, corporate banking and invoice financing and asset based lending. Booij also serves on the board of FIA Europe.