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ON THE MOVE: Citadel, Citi, Goldman Land New Execution Heads

Traders Magazine Online News, June 6, 2017

John D'Antona Jr.

Citadel Securities announced that Joe Mecane is joining the firm as Head of Execution Services. According to the firm, Mecane will lead Citadel's equity, options, and ETF businesses, bringing his deep electronic trading experience and market structure expertise to bear on behalf of clients. Mecane is no stranger to the equity markets. He joins the firm after serving at Barclays, where he was Global Head of Electronic Equities since 2014. Before Barclays, he served as Head of U.S. Equities and Co-Head of U.S. Cash and Listings for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Prior to NYSE, Mecane was a Managing Director in Equities at UBS Securities.

Joe Mecane

Citigroup has snagged Thomas Chippas as its global head of quantitative execution, the bank announced. He will oversee the global expansion of systems that allow hedge funds and asset managers to rapidly put on or take off trades based on quantitative signals, known as "low-latency execution," the bank said. He will report both to the head of cash trading and the head of prime finance, Adam Herrmann. He came from blockchain-technology startup Axoni Inc, where he served as its COO. Before that, Chippas led quant-trading units at Barclays PLC and Deutsche Bank AG.

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Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network, announced the appointment of Takis Christias as Head of Trading Strategies EMEA. Christias brings more than twenty years of experience in quantitative analysis and trading strategies and will be responsible for the continued build out of the electronic execution offering across the Liquidnet EQS platform. He comes from Citi, where he held a number of senior roles in the electronic trading space including head of algorithmic products in EMEA, leading a team of quantitative analysts and developers as well as being responsible for the business logic behind the BCN and SOR. More recently, Christias was responsible for their central risk automation effort in EMEA. He will report to Chris Jackson, Head of EQS EMEA.

Thomas Chippas

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