The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Jennifer Leete has been named Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. She succeeds Antonia Chion, who retired from the agency in February 2020. In her new role, Lette will supervise approximately 50 attorneys, paralegals, and staff responsible for investigating a wide variety of securities law violations. She joined the SEC’s Division of Enforcement as a staff attorney in 1999. In 2003, she became a Branch Chief and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2010.
Intercontinental Exchange reported that Joanne Rowe, currently the Corporate Risk Officer for ICE’s North American Exchanges, has been named ICE’s Corporate Risk Officer. Rowe succeeds Kevin McClear, who was recently appointed President of ICE Clear U.S. Rowe, who joined ICE in 2013 following its acquisition of NYSE Euronext, has spent her career in roles of growing responsibility in the fields of audit and enterprise risk management, both in government and the private sector. Rowe began as an audit manager in the UK Ministry of Justice before moving to BNP Paribas Fortis UK. She later served as Managing Director of Audit Services for the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) and Euronext. While in her current post at ICE, Rowe also served as interim CRO for ICE Clear Europe and, prior to her current role, served as Senior Director of Internal Audit for ICE North America.
BCS Global Markets landed senior oil and gas analyst Ronald Smith for its research team. Smith will be based in Moscow and will work closely with BCS GM’s head of research Kirill Chuyko as well as the firm’s equity researchers across Moscow and London. With more than 20 years’ experience in equity capital markets and the Russian oil and gas sector, he joins BCS GM from Citi Bank, where he spent 8 years leading the bank’s CEEMEA Oil & Gas research team. Smith has also spent time at Cheuvreux in London, as well as Alfa Bank, ING and Renaissance Capital in Moscow.
Financial Recovery Technologies, a provider of securities class action recovery services to institutional investors, has named Ayesha Boulware as Head of North America West Coast Sales. She joins FRT after having spent 23 years across various roles in client services, business development and electronic sales and trading. Most recently, Boulware managed ITG’s West Coast region. She has worked at Bloomberg, Portware and oversaw technology for multi asset trading desks at Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. She will be based out of San Francisco and report to Brandt Elliott, VP of North American Sales.
Blackstone has named Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc., to its Board of Directors. Porat joined Google as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2015 and has also held the same title at Alphabet since it was created in October 2015. Previously, she spent 27 years at Morgan Stanley, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and CFO of the company.
The London Stock Exchange Group has named Anna Manz as its new Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of LSEG. She succeeds David Warren who announced in October 2019 his intention to retire from the Group and to step down from the Board by the end of 2020. David Warren will step down as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director when Anna starts, remaining with the Group until his retirement date of 24 June 2021 to ensure a seamless transition.
Cowen has bolstered its prime services sales team with the appointment of Cantor Fitzgerald alumni Michael Fitzgerald in New York as a Managing Director.
CCP12, The Global Association of Central Counterparties, held its Annual General Meeting an elected the following for its new Executive Committee:
Kevin McClear, Corporate Risk Officer at Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. was elected as new Chairman.
Agnes Koh, Chief Risk Officer at Singapore Exchange Limited was elected as Vice-Chair.
George Kormas, Chief Risk Officer at TMX Group will continue to serve as the Treasurer.
D.A. Davidson & Co. announced the addition of Dan Blank, a veteran public finance banker with extensive experience in structured finance and economic development. Blank will work with a range of governmental and non-government issuers across the Midwest.
Blank joins D.A. Davidson following a lengthy and successful career in public finance in which he has served as public finance banker or financial advisor to an extensive range of issuers. He most recently was a Managing Director with Ross, Sinclaire & Associates in Cincinnati, where he focused on working with large traditional municipal issuers and acted as senior manager on over 1,800 transactions. Blank previously was with RBC Capital Markets, and served as head of economic development at Seasongood and Mayer working on one of the first tax increment bond issues in Ohio. He holds an MBA from Xavier University.
Alternative data fintech firm Neudata has hired Donald D’Amico as its general counsel and in-house legal expert on alternative data. In addition to managing the company’s legal affairs from the New York office, D’Amico will develop a due diligence offering for Neudata’s investment management clients. He has a strong background in the alternative data space, previously spending three years as legal counsel at Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, where he onboarded third-party research providers and conducted related due diligence. He most recently worked as an associate within Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s corporate practice.
LiquidityBook, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based provider of buy- and sell-side trading solutions, has hired Chris Junge as Vice President of Customer Success. After spending the bulk of his career at Eze Software Group, Junge brings a wealth of experience to LiquidityBook, where he will oversee all aspects of the customer support process, working closely with the product and deployment groups to ensure a seamless experience for clients.