Trading Places: O'Connor named chairman at ISDA

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Stephen O’Connor as full-time Chairman.

ABN AMRO Clearing announced the appointment of John M. Ruth as chief executive officer of its Chicago office with immediate effect. Ruth joins from Goldman Sachs & Co, where he was a Managing Director and Branch Manager of Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing in Chicago.

R.J. O’Brien & Associates announced that Julie M. DeMatteo, has joined the firm and will serve as Managing Director, Asset Management.  DeMatteo has nearly three decades of experience in futures across various disciplines.

CME Clearing Europe CEO Andrew Lamb will retire on July 31, with Lee Betsill, current COO and managing director of CME Clearing Europe, to succeed Lamb.

TMX appointed Deana Djurdjevic senior VP of equities trading today. Djurdjevic joined TMX after the exchange operator acquired Alpha Trading Systems. She was previously chief trading and data officer at Alpha, and prior to that also worked at financial institutions including the Bank of Montreal and Fidelity Investments.

SIFMA appointed Judd Gregg, a previous Republican senator, as CEO. Gregg was formerly a governor of New Hampshire and had retired from the US Senate last year.

OptionsCity Software announced that Timo Pentner has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Services. Pentner will oversee all support, onboarding, and training operations in the U.S. and Europe.

Marex Spectron appointed Roger Quek as executive vice-president for its commodities energy desk; Arne Petter Kolderup as the head of the Asian coal derivatives desk; and Akshay Mehta as a physical coal broker.

FIA appointed Jacqueline Hamra Mesa to assist in developing, implementing and managing its global regulatory and policy agenda from June 10. Mesa previously worked at CFTC where she served as a director of office of international affairs since February 2006.

Horizon Cash Management announced that Michael Markowitz has been named president, effective April 24, and continues as chief investment officer. Markowitz replaces Pauline Modjeski, who served as president since 2008.

SEC appointed Keith Higgins, a securities lawyer at Boston-based law firm Ropes & Gray, to head SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance.  Higgins has been involved in more than 50 IPOs, and has focused on M&As, compliance and corporate governance. Higgins has also previously head the American Bar Association’s committee on federal securities regulation.

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