Trading Places: E*TRADE Financial names Paul Idzik CEO

A wrap-up of promotions and moves from around the industry

Paul Idzik is now CEO of E*TRADE Financial Corp. Idzik most recently served as group chief executive of DTZ Hodlings in London. He also spent a decade at Barclays, where held various titles, including chief operating officer of Barclays Capital and group chief operating officer. E*TRADE’s interim CEO Frank Petrilli will continue at the company at chairman.

Nasdaq OMX NLX appointed David Helps as its head of business development. Helps joins the exchange from NYSE Liffe, where he was head of business development for fixed income derivatives. Nasdaq also named Blake Stephenson compliance director. Stephenson will join the new London derivatives market from the Futures and Options Association in February. Finally, the Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. named Bradley Peterson global chief information officer.

Gregg Berman is now the associate director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s office of analytics and research. Berman joined the agency in 2009 as a senior adviser in the division of risk, strategy and financial innovation, and has served as senior adviser to the director of the division of trading and markets since June 2010.

GAIN Capital Holdings Inc. named Joseph Wald executive vice president, head of institutional. Wald joins the online trading services provider from Knight Capital Group, where he led Knight Direct, the firm’s institutional electronic trade execution business. He previously was co-founder and CEO of EdgeTrade.

Bill Mitchell joined WHM Capital Advisors as senior portfolio manager. Mitchell’s prior work experience includes stints at Wells Fargo Advisors and Elliott Wave International, where he acted as chief equity strategist.

T. Timothy Ryan will step down as president and CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) on Feb. 23. Ryan, who joined SIFMA in 2008, plans to rejoin JPMorgan Chase & Co. as global head of regulatory strategy and policy. Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., the organization’s executive vice president, public policy and advocacy, has been named acting president and CEO.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. (HKEx) announced two senior appointments. David Graham will now serve as chief regulatory officer, overseeing HKEx’s listing division and market surveillance, legal services and secretarial services departments. Romnesh Lamba, previously the exchange’s head of market development, and Martin Abbott, CEO of the London Metal Exchange, are now co-heads of the new global markets division.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) named Geoffrey Aronow general counsel. Aronow comes to the agency from Bingham McCutchen, where he was a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He previously served as head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s enforcement division.

The Futures Industry Association (FIA) hired Allison Lurton as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. Lurton previously was of counsel in the Washington D.C. offices of Covington & Burling. Her prior work experience also includes a seven-year stint as the chief trial attorney in the enforcement division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Freeman Hrabowski III joined T. Rowe Price Group as an independent director. For the past 20 years, Hrabowski has served as the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also serves on the boards of McCormick & Company Inc. and the Baltimore Equitable Society and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2012.

Jeffrey Marzo, chief financial officer of Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Ltd. (HKEx) announced that he will retire, effective Jan. 13, 2013. Current deputy chief financial officer Kwong Yau Shing will take over Marzo’s duties on an interim basis.

Fortress Investment Group Principal and Director Robert Kauffman will leave the company after 15 years with the firm. Kauffman co-founded Fortress in 1998, and has overseen the firm’s European private equity investment operations and its long-only fixed-income business during his tenure.

ICAP Securities and Derivatives named Richard Dellabarca, former chief financial officer of Chi-X Global, non-executive director of the board.

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