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  • Mary Chung makes managing partner at Smash Street Media

Smash Street Media is full-service strategic communications & public relations consultancy specializing in media placements, PR campaigns, corporate positioning and content creation for financial services and trading technology companies. Headquartered in New York City, Founder and Managing Partner Mary Chung has nearly two decades of experience in communications, media and marketing. Prior to Smash Street Media, Chung headed the corporate communications and marketing divisions of several companies including the American Stock Exchange, ELX Futures and Broadway Technology. 

LCH.Clearnet, the global clearing house, has announced that Marcus Robinson has been appointed Head of SwapClear Australia, to support the growing demand for on-the-ground, robust interest rate derivative (IRD) clearing solutions. He has relocated to Sydney. 

In this new role, Marcus will lead LCH.Clearnet’s next phase of expansion in Australia, building on SwapClear’s existing presence in the region. He will work with local market participants to further enhance SwapClear’s offering in line with their needs, including extending operational service hours. A member of SwapClear’s Global Management Team, Marcus was previously based in LCH.Clearnet’s London office as Director of SwapClear Business Change.  

INTL FCStone Inc., a leader in the development of specialized financial services in commodities, global payments, foreign exchange, securities and other markets, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed a new Director, Edward J. Grzybowski. His name will be included on the slate of Directors that will be voted on at INTL FCStone's next annual shareholders' meeting in February, 2015.

Grzybowski is a prominent institutional investor who most recently served as chief investment officer of TIAA-CREF, the Fortune 100 financial services organization, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the investment strategy for approximately one-half trillion dollars in assets.

The supervisory board of Eurex Clearing AG appointed Matthias Graulich as member of the executive board of the company, effective Aug. 1, 2014. 

As board member, he continues to be chief client officer, managing the department Clients & Markets; prior to his appointment he had already held this role as Head of Department since April 2013. 

The Executive Board of Eurex Clearing AG now consists of Thomas Book (CEO), Heike Eckert, Matthias Graulich, Thomas Laux and Eric Tim Müller. 

Matthias Graulich joined Deutsche Börse Group in 2001 and has held a number of leadership and project management positions at Deutsche Börse and Eurex Group. He was responsible for various strategic projects, among others, the introduction of EurexOTC Clear as well as the integration of the International Securities Exchange. Since 2010, he has been part of Eurex Clearing, initially taking responsibility for the implementation of Eurex Clearing’s strategic project portfolio and regulatory affairs.

London Stock Exchange-owned clearing house LCH Clearnet has hired Diane Bouwmeester as its group general counsel and head of compliance.

Bouwmeester steps into the role from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she has been a senior associate since 2007.

She becomes the first person to hold the newly-established general counsel and compliance head position at LCH Clearnet. Legal and compliance responsibilities were previously split between group general counsel Magnus Spencer and head of compliance and public affairs Lisa Rosen. Both have now left the business, although LCH Clearnet would not disclose the circumstances behind the exits or their destinations.

Former Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc executive Jon Weiss will join hedge fund Candlewood Investment Group LP, Bloomberg reported.

Weiss will join as managing partner and money manager later this year, the report said. He was global head of a special situations group at RBS and left this month as the company prepares to wind down the distressed unit, Bloomberg Buisnessweek reported last week.

FIA announced that the members of FIA’s board of directors elected Gerald F. Corcoran, chairman and chief executive officer of R.J. O’Brien & Associates LLC, as chairman of FIA. Corcoran has been a member of the FIA board since March 2008 and has been serving as vice chairman since March 2013. He will serve as chairman until the next annual meeting in March 2015.

Corcoran replaced Michael Yarian, managing director at Barclays, who stepped down from the chairmanship after Barclays appointed him to a new position as head of its rates trading franchise in the U.S. Yarian had been the head of agency derivatives services at Barclays, which includes the bank’s derivatives clearing business.

FIA also announced the election of two new board members: Jan Bart de Boer, board member and chief commercial officer of ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V., and Raymond Kahn, head of futures clearing and head of agency derivatives services, Americas, at Barclays.

Heraeus Precious Metals New York LLC, part of Heraeus, Inc., the precious metals and technology holding company, announced today that industry veteran Miguel Perez-Santalla has re-joined the company as Sales & Marketing Manager, reporting to Artin Janian, Sr. VP of Finance and Operations.

In his new role, he will be responsible for maintaining the company’s existing precious metals trading relationships in the United States and throughout the Americas region. Mr. Perez-Santalla will drive the sales activities of Heraeus Metals New York through strategic marketing initiatives, thought leadership and engagement with customers, prospective customers and key industry influencers and stakeholders.

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