R.J. O’Brien Futures Promotes Staniford to Chief Sales Officer; Gilhooly to COO

June 21, 2019 12:00 PM
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R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO), the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States, today announced several promotions, giving new responsibilities to key executives as a reflection of the firm’s continuing global growth.

The promotions include: Daniel Staniford to Chief Sales Officer; Terry Gilhooly to Chief Operating Officer, North America; and Karen Northup to Global Solutions Officer.

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Daniel Staniford 

Staniford joined RJO in 2016 as Executive Director, in charge of the firm’s institutional business development in New York and London. In his new expanded role, he will also oversee RJO’s Marketing organization, charged with ensuring the external brand and presence is aligned with sales strategies. Staniford will continue to report to Corcoran.

Staniford has more than 22 years of experience in sales and management at some of the world’s leading banks and financial services institutions. Prior to joining RJO, he spent 13 years at

Citigroup Global Markets, serving most recently as Managing Director, Rates Sales. He spent the first seven years of his career at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he became a Vice President in the Commodities Lending Department. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University in New York.

Terry Gilhooly

In his new role, Gilhooly will oversee the North American Operations groups, along with RJO’s Client Service, Market Insights and Facilities teams, providing clients with a more integrated service and support experience. He now reports to Corcoran.

Gilhooly has served since 2016 as Senior Director in the Commercial Agricultural division, running the Operations functions for the division, including the support of its Asian activities. He started his career at RJO in 1991 as a trading floor runner, remaining at the firm for nine years and ultimately managing the firm’s trading desks on the agricultural trading floor at the Chicago Board of Trade. In 2000, he joined Merrill Lynch to run the futures division’s U.S. Client Services, taking on additional operations responsibilities until 2011, when he left as Director and Head of Global Client Services and Global Documentation. He joined State Street to help launch its planned futures commission merchant, and in 2014 joined the Royal Bank of Scotland, leading operations for listed derivatives in the Americas. Gilhooly earned a Bachelor of Science degree and MBA from Indiana University Northwest in Gary.

Karen Northup

Northup’s new Global Solutions Group will identify and implement business solutions across RJO functions and locations, including in internal and external applications for product management; project analysis and delivery; business analytics, and automation and process improvement. She continues to report to Jim Gabriele, Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for RJO’s holding company.

Since 2007, Northup has served as RJO’s Chief Operating Officer, managing the firm’s Trading and Clearing Operations. Prior to joining RJO in 2004, Northup was in the Corporate Strategy and Development Group at Citadel Investment Group. Previously, she served as a Principal in the Financial Institutions Group at management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, where she spent five years. Earlier in her career, she led IT development of Morgan Stanley’s global custody business. A resident of Chicago, Northup earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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