ON THE MOVE: Nasdaq Promotes Jeremy Skule; JonesTrading Adds Troy Draizen

Nasdaq named Jeremy Skule Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Skule will lead the Global Strategy Organization to drive strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, venture investing, and NasdaqNext innovation. He will continue to oversee Nasdaq’s Marketing and Communications division, now part of Global Strategy. Since joining Nasdaq in 2012, Skule has led the global rebranding of Nasdaq, and helped develop the company’s 2017 strategic pivot toward data, analytics and technology. Skule’s 25-year career has spanned senior communications positions and marketing leadership roles in Washington, D.C. and New York. Before Nasdaq, Skule led marketing and communications teams across the financial services industry overseeing marketing, communications, business and financial media relations, internal communications, and analyst relations. 

Troy Draizen joined JonesTrading Institutional Services LLC as Managing Director, Global Head of Electronic Trading in the firm’s New York office. Draizen has over fifteen years of experience helping clients outperform their trading objectives by delivering electronic trading excellence through customizing next-generation algorithms, and providing data-driven recommendations to support decision-making. Prior to joining JonesTrading, he was a Managing Director at Cowen in Global Equity Trading and previously held Managing Director roles at Convergex and KCG.

Trading Technologies International, a global provider of high-performance professional trading software, infrastructure and data solutions, named Tim Geannopulos Chairman and CEO. Geannopulos comes back to TT bringing decades of financial technology experience to the company. In addition to consulting in the fintech space, he was a co-founder and president of Neurensic and previously executive vice president, global head of sales at TT. Rick Lane, current TT CEO, will leave to pursue a new opportunity.  

Marques Benton joined Loomis, Sayles, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, as chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer. Marques reports jointly to Kevin Charleston, chief executive officer and president of Loomis Sayles and John Russell, head of human resources and senior counsel. In this new role, Marques is responsible for driving the firm’s DEI strategic plan into action. In partnership with senior management, he will be focused on attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent and engaging with all staff to foster a firmwide culture of inclusion. Marques joins Loomis Sayles from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where he was a vice president and chief diversity officer for over a decade.

BTIG announced Neil Roberts and Matthew Austin have joined the firm’s Institutional Equities division in London. Roberts joins BTIG as an Equity Sales Trader and Managing Director, while Austin joins the firm as an Equity Trader and Director. Roberts has more than 20 years of industry experience. Previously, he was a Director within the Sales Trading division at Barclays Capital, where he spent more than 11 years, and previously he was a Sales Trader at Citigroup and Schroders. Austin was most recently a Director within the Equity Trading unit at Barclays, where he spent nearly ten years as a Pan-European Cash Trader and Market Maker, specializing in the consumer sector. He began his career in Equity Sales and Trading at Citigroup.

First Derivatives hired Sean Andany as Head of Data. With 25 years of experience, Sean brings to First Derivatives a wealth of experience in data and analytics, specifically in relation to cloud and Big Data technologies and has extensive financial services knowledge, having led large-scale global data projects for a number of tier 1 retail and investment banks including HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Barclays. In his most recent role, Sean was Head of Data working directly for the CDO of Astra Zeneca.

Options, a trading technology provider, named former NYSE Euronext executive Kieran Northime as VP of Software Development. Northime joins Options with three decades of experience across infrastructure, market data and software development, following roles with Wombat Financial Software, Lehman Brothers, Misys (now Finastra), and at NYSE Euronext, where he was VP of Technology, Exchange Solutions. Prior to Options, Kieran most recently founded bespoke systems solution company, Black Eye Technology. He has experience working with a wide range of companies including top-tier financial institutions, software consultancy firms, leading software and hardware vendors as well as start-ups.

Blockchain fintech provider Algorand named Barry Finkelstein to head North America business development and assisting in capital market initiatives. He brings more than thirty years of experience distributing, structuring and trading derivative and structured products at traditional finance institutions to the Blockchain space. Finkelstein started his career at Merrill Lynch, where he led the Fixed Income CDO and Structured Repackaging and Synthetic Credit businesses. He then moved on to UBS, where he headed the Fixed Income Distribution/Structured Products and Solutions group. Most recently, Mr. Finkelstein was head of Capital Markets and Liability Management/Structuring at 23 Capital, a Sports, Music and Entertainment capital and solutions provider.