Trading Places: Fix takes up lead at Dubai Mercantile Exchange

Christopher Fix was appointed CEO of Dubai Mercantile Exchange. Fix formerly was head of marketing for Commodities Futures APAC at BNP Paribas in Singapore. “I am very excited to be joining at a time when the DME has experienced record volumes in four out of the five months since the beginning of the year, new clients and a revised shareholder structuring," Fix said in a statement.

Jon Robson was appointed head of NYSE Technologies. Robson became head of Thomson Reuters’s new business development office in December following a shake-up of its markets business.

Jonathan Lindabury joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as a senior counsel in the firm’s global derivatives practice. He joins the firm from Goldman Sachs, where he was vice president and associate general counsel.

Gregg Berman will head the SEC’s new trading data analysis team to monitor markets, which will be called the Office of Analytics and Research. Berman already is senior adviser to the director of the Division of Trading and Markets.

Matt McClean and Malcolm Ford joined Knight Capital’s London Office. Both previously worked at Morgan Stanley.

Bob Fitzsimmons was named CEO of Optionshop, effective immediately. Fitzsimmons has held a number of CEO positions in the financial world. Most recently, Fitzsimmons was CEO at ITG Derivatives LLC, a role he assumed after ITG purchased RedSky Financial, where he also served as CEO. Optionshop is a new online broker specializing in options on futures. “By building proprietary trading tools and robust education, Optionshop will empower individual investors to cost-effectively diversify their portfolios with a broader range of asset classes via options on futures,” Fitzsimmons said in a statement.

Frank Petrilli was made interim CEO at E*Trade after Steven Freiberg stepped down. Freiberg had been pressured to step aside by the firm’s largest shareholders, including Citadel. Petrilli currently is chairman of the firm’s board, which recently “implemented a refined business strategy.” Speaking on the announcement, Petrilli says, “The board believes it is an appropriate time to transition the role of CEO to a new leader to guide the company through the next phase of its evolution.”

Luís Palha da Silva was named an independent member of the board of directors at NYSE Euronext. He previously was CEO and CFO of Jerónimo Martins and former Portuguese Secretary of State for Trade

Kirk R. Bonniwell was promoted to senior vice president, commercial grain and Asia at R.J. O’Brien. He previously had assumed interim responsibility for these areas in his role as vice president, strategic planning. Prior to joining RJO, Bonniwell worked at Böwe Bell + Howell, a global manufacturer and service provider. 

John Cross was named director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new Office of Municipal Securities. For the past several years, Cross has been serving as the Associate Tax Legislative Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department.

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