Brad Wilson was appointed chairman of a new membership committee for the Security Traders Association of New York. Wilson, a veteran sales trader currently at Dahlman Rose & Co., will be focused on building new memberships through a marketing campaign highlighting STANY’s voice to regulators, legislators and the media.
Wilson said since STANY is the only professional organization focused on the trading of securities and related issues, greater industry participation is crucial to expand STANY’s influence in Washington, D.C. and with the media. Stephen Kay is STANY president for 2011.
Scott Harrison joined Liquidnet as global head of product and will be responsible for overseeing, enhancing and building out the company’s product offerings. Based in New York, he will report directly to Liquidnet chief executive and founder Seth Merrin. Prior to joining Liquidnet, Scott was the chief executive of agency brokerage UNX. He also spent more than 13 years working at Investment Trading Group in a variety of senior level management, sales and technology roles including director of global trading products in charge of expanding the company’s trading applications and algorithmic services into global markets.
Charles Garcia joined execution management system provider TradingScreen as new head of global marketing for traditional asset managers. Based in New York, Garcia will lead TradingScreen’s expansion into the global asset management community. Garcia has more than 25 years of experience in financial services and sales. He was most recently head of North American sales at Sophis, a provider of portfolio and risk management software. Previously, he was director of business development at BlackRock Solutions and led the order management system product and sales strategy at TradeWeb.
George Sohos was appointed as head of Knight’s electronic trading group ETG. Sohos, who has 11-years financial experience, joined Knight in 2000 and has been a member of the senior ETG management team since 2005. Most recently, he led the quantitative teams responsible for executing all U.S. and European client order flow.
He joined Knight in 2000 and has been a member of the senior ETG management team
since 2005. His responsibilities cover all global electronic market making and principal trading across asset classes. Prior to Knight, he was a software engineer at IBM for two years and as a senior scientist at Enviro Engineering. Sohos will report to chief executive officer and chairman, Thomas Joyce.
Boutique investment bank B. Riley & Co. hired three sales traders who will work in the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles. The new senior sales traders are Rick Waks, Joe Bergin and Rob Canavan.
Waks joins B. Riley as its most senior sales trader. He arrived from Heflin & Co., where he was a partner and formerly president and chief executive. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president, partner and head of institutional equities at Imperial Capital. A 25-year veteran, Waks started his career as a sales trader at Sanford C. Bernstein in New York.
Bergin, a 25-year veteran of sales, trading, investment banking and capital markets, joins from Jefferies & Co., where he was a senior vice president in the institutional equity sales group.
Canavan joins from Fidelity Capital Markets with more than 12 years of trading experience. Prior to that, he worked for the brokerage Benchmark Co.
The firm also hired three research professionals. Bob P. Lee joins as a senior research analyst covering wireless telecom and satellite. He brings experience within the high-tech, telecommunications and satellite industries, as well as capital markets consulting services. Lee also worked at New York-based Sidoti & Co. as an equity research analyst. He will be based in the New York office.
Peter Latour joins B. Riley in institutional equities sales. A 15-year veteran, he arrived from First Union Capital Markets. Latour will be based in the Los Angeles office. Sameet Sinha joins as a senior research analyst covering the Internet and e-commerce. He arrived with more than 10 years of sellside experience covering a broad range of media, Internet and e-commerce companies. Sinha has also worked at JMP Securities Kaufman Bros., America’s Growth Capital and Prudential Securities. He will be based in the San Francisco office.