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ON THE MOVE: Alpaca Adds Senior Staff

Traders Magazine Online News, October 2, 2018

John D'Antona Jr.

Fintech startup Alpaca reported it is adding fintech, SEC compliance and tech leaders to its team. They are as follows:

John Torola (Chief Operating Officer) - Most recently Chief Compliance Officer at WealthFront and also a veteran of FINRA, a non-governmental organization that regulates the activities of all registered broker-dealer firms and registered brokers in the U.S.

John Torola

Christine Jue (Compliance and Brokerage Operations) - Compliance and Operation specialist with more than a decade of experience at firms such as Morgan Stanley and UBS.

Evan Akutagawa (Head of Trading) - Financial markets specialist, most recently worked as a quantitative trader and researcher at a boutique HFT firm. Previous experience as a trader and analyst at a hedge fund and due diligence professional for a fund of funds

Justin Lent (Advisor) - Quants expert and former director at Quantopian, who also worked at hedge fund, Palantir and BlackRock.

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BNY Mellon Asset Management North America landed Alejandro Martinez Cruz as its new Emerging Markets Economist. Martinez Cruz will lead research efforts on emerging market economies with a particular focus on Latin American countries. He brings 27 years of investment experience to the firm with more than ten years served at HSBC where he served in several senior positions, including a Mexico rates and foreign exchange analyst, senior LatAm strategist and, finally, the Head of Latin American Fixed Income Research where he led fixed income research efforts for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. Prior to his career at HSBC, Martinez Cruz spend two years as an economist at Citigroup in Mexico City. He reports to the Chief Economist Vincent Reinhart.

Visible Alpha reported the appointment of Mark Hale to the firm’s newly created role of chief operating officer (COO). Hale comes to Visible Alpha from FactSet where he spent 22 years,  most recently as executive vice president and COO. In this role, he led global teams focused on product management, technology and infrastructure, and IT.

Vanguard announced it has promoted its head of the equity index group, Joseph Brennan, to the newly created role of chief risk officer.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has appointed Sheldon Mills as its new director of Competition. Mill will be responsible for the FCA’s activities to enforce prohibitions on anti-competitive behaviour within the financial services industry. Sheldon is currently senior director, mergers and state aid at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

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