Richard Johnson recently joined Societe Generale. He now reports to Tim Gee in the U.S. and Richard Hills in London. Johnson has been in the business 11 years. He will focus on quantitative electronic services sales and trading activities. He comes from Liquidnet U.S., where since 2007 he was responsible for the product management and marketing of its algorithmic trading services, including portfolio trading, trade-cost analysis and analytics. Prior to his time at Liquidnet, Johnson helped found Miletus Trading, a U.S. specialist in algorithmic trading and one of the first brokers to enter this market segment, where he set up and led their electronic sales trading activity. Before that, he was at Barra and ITG.
First New York Securities added 11 equities and 4 options traders.
In equities, Ken Lissak joins as a sales trader. Lissak, a 30-year veteran, was a partner at AmTech Capital and held positions at LRL Capital, Kadem Capital and SAC Capital. Michael Conway joins as a trader and portfolio manager. Conway, a 20-year veteran, was formerly managing director of the Octagon division of GFI Securities and was also head of emerging markets trading at Bear Stearns.
Also joining First New York’s equities group are: Mark Hill from Carlson Capital; Troy Setrakian from Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Renee Bijlani from Graham Capital Management; Adam Booth from Asolare Capital Management; Patrick Clavin from Pandion Capital; Gary Meselsohn from BTIG; Trey Oglesby from Friess Associates; Eddie Sanchez from Credit Suisse; and Ram Seshadri from Welch Capital Partners.
In options, Dennis Davitt joins as head of options trading. Davitt, a 22-year veteran, spent the last 10 years as U.S. head of derivatives trading at Credit Suisse. Prior to that, he was a senior trader at Wolverine Trading in Chicago.
Also joining the options team are: Brian Donlin and Steve Sevier, as traders from Macquarie Capital; and Ben Cohen, as a trader, who was a portfolio manager at Toro Trading.
Patty Kevin-Schuler joins BOX Options Exchange as vice president of sales and marketing. Schuler, a 25-year veteran, came from the Chicago Board Options Exchange, where she spent nearly seven years as director of business development for the CBOE and CBOE Stock Exchange. Schuler reports to Alan Grigoletto, BOX’s senior vice president of business development. Schuler is president of the Security Traders Association of Chicago for 2011-12.
Wall Street Access added three sales traders from LaBranche Financial Services, the institutional trading arm of the longtime specialist firm that is merging with Cowen & Co. William Barker, a 12-year veteran who spent eight years at LaBranche, joins as a senior vice president. Louis Puglisi, a 10-year veteran who spent five year at LaBranche, joins as a vice president. Eugene Riggio, a 13-year veteran who spent six years at LaBranche, joins as a vice president. The new sales traders report to Sean Kelleher, a managing director for equity sales and trading.