Cboe Europe Management
The Cboe Europe management team focuses solely on the Company's mission of Making Markets Better. From superior trading technology with consistently reliable performance, to innovative price and billing systems, to providing free real-time web-based market data, the management team seizes every opportunity to make the European markets a better place to do business.
- Mark Hemsley
- Based in London
Mark Hemsley is President of Cboe Europe, the European division of Cboe Global Markets, joining the firm in 2017 as part of the Bats Global Markets acquisition. Based in London, Mr. Hemsley oversees Cboe’s European operations, which provide investors with cutting-edge trading and investment solutions for the European equities, global FX and derivatives markets. Cboe Europe operates the largest pan-European stock market and trade reporting facility.
A founding employee of Bats Europe in 2008, Hemsley is a well-respected industry expert and leader whose team has played a major role in transforming Europe’s equity markets over the past decade. In 2011, Mr. Hemsley led the transformative acquisition and integration of Chi-X Europe, creating the leading stock exchange group in Europe, surpassing legacy markets which had been in operation for hundreds of years. Under Mr. Hemsley’s leadership, Bats became a Recognized Investment Exchange (RIE) in 2013.
Cboe Europe and Hemsley have received numerous awards, including the Financial News Trading & Technology Awards honor for “Exchange Group of the Year” for the past four years in a row. Mr. Hemsley has also been named to the “FN 100 Most Influential” list, which recognizes key financial executives impacting European financial markets, every year since 2009. In 2015, Mr. Hemsley received the Financial News “Decade of Excellence” award for outstanding contribution to Capital Markets and in 2018 he received the “Industry Leader of the Year” award.
Before joining Bats, Mr. Hemsley was Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at LIFFE, running its Market Solutions group. A LIFFE board member, he was also heavily involved in the sale of the company to Euronext.
Mr. Hemsley shares his market structure expertise with various industry groups and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He was previously a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Secondary Markets Standing Committee and the ESMA Stakeholders Group, providing consultation on the impact of market structure changes and ESMA policy development.
- David Howson
- Chief Operating Officer
- Based in London
David Howson joined Cboe Europe as chief operating officer in June 2013. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in European and North American financial markets technology to the company, overseeing Cboe Europe’s software engineering, infrastructure and operational teams.
Most recently, Mr. Howson was chief technology officer at Equiduct Systems Ltd., where he was one of the founders responsible for establishing Equiduct in 2006 as a pan-European Regulated Market. Mr. Howson spearheaded the design and implementation of the company’s technology platform and market structure and was responsible for technology strategy, market structure and post-trade services.
Prior to Equiduct, Mr. Howson was solutions architect and principal consultant at Reuters Consulting. His work included implementing and integrating a pan-European equities trading platform for Nasdaq Europe, as well as the architecture and implementation of the Super Montage Hybrid trading system for Nasdaq Deutschland. Later, as principal consultant to the Nasdaq Stock Market based in the U.S. he managed the redesign and deployment of several Nasdaq Market Site systems.
He graduated with first-class honours in Mathematics and Computer Science from Newcastle University.
- Jerry Avenell
- Co-Head of Sales
Jerry Avenell was appointed co-head of the Cboe Europe sales division following Cboe's acquisition of Chi-X Europe and directs client relationship management and development in the UK and Ireland.
Mr. Avenell joined Chi-X Europe in November 2007 and was business development manager for the UK and Ireland. He was responsible for a range of Chi-X Europe's key market participant relationships and was involved in new product development initiatives.
"Jerry brings an extensive background in financial markets to the Cboe Europe team and has demonstrated success in building and enhancing customer relationships,"" said Mark Hemsley, chief executive officer of Cboe Europe. “I look forward to his contributions to our strategic objectives and growth."
Prior to joining Chi-X Europe, Mr. Avenell spent over eight years at the London Stock Exchange where he was responsible for market data division's account management. He was subsequently responsible for business development in the market services team and tasked with building the LSE's buy-side strategy.
Mr. Avenell started his career in software sales for the Press Association in 1994 and is a BA (Hons) graduate of the University of Manchester.
- Alex Dalley
- Co-Head of Sales
Alex Dalley co-heads the Cboe Europe sales division and is responsible for client relationship management and development in continental Europe. As one of the first employees to join Cboe Europe in 2008, Mr. Dalley was responsible for building the MTF's trading participant community as head of sales.
Mr. Dalley was previously with the London Stock Exchange where he served as head of membership and exchange trading directing Exchange trading sales, client management and member firm acquisition. He also led business development for the LSE buy-side/sell-side FIX hub and spoke service.
"With his experience at the LSE servicing and consulting with clients on all market issues, Alex is a valuable resource for current and future participants of the Cboe Europe trading community," said Mark Hemsley, chief executive officer of Cboe Europe.
He is a former Surrey County golfer and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Plymouth.
- Adam Eades
- Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer
Adam Eades leads Cboe Europe's legal, compliance, market supervision and risk departments, having joined Cboe Europe as head of regulatory and legal affairs in November 2011. Mr. Eades is a member of the Board of Cboe Trading Limited and brings with him 20 years of legal, regulatory and compliance experience in financial markets and exchange trading and clearing.
"Adam brings depth of legal and regulatory expertise and a strong background in exchange trading, clearing and corporate governance to the management team. Since joining Cboe Europe, Adam's work has resulted in raising our profile with regulators and policymakers and is a tremendous asset as we consider the transformation of our business," said Mark Hemsley, CEO of Cboe Europe.
Immediately prior to joining Cboe Europe, Mr. Eades was global general counsel at publicly traded Henderson Group plc, the international investment management firm, where he led legal, compliance and corporate secretariat functions in Europe, North America, Southeast Asia and Australia.
Mr. Eades’ experience includes 14 years at LIFFE and Euronext (later NYSE Euronext), where he held numerous leadership positions, including leading the European legal division for NYSE Euronext and serving as global head of legal affairs for NYSE Liffe responsible for all legal matters related to derivatives.
Prior to the acquisition of LIFFE by NYSE Euronext, Mr. Eades was general counsel and company secretary for LIFFE and served on its executive committee. He was appointed chairman of LIFFE Trustees Ltd., the corporate trustee of the LIFFE pension scheme, and board director of Euronext UK plc. He also directed market supervision and investigations during his tenure at LIFFE.
Mr Eades is a qualified Solicitor and a member of the Law Society. He graduated from Newcastle upon Tyne University with an honours degree in Politics and History and subsequently completed his legal qualification at Guildford College of Law. Based in London, his interests include guitar, cycling and rugby.
- Stephanie Renner
- Chief Financial Officer
Stephanie Renner is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Cboe Europe, the European division of Cboe Global Markets, and is responsible for all financial control and human resources functions for the business, including financial planning and reporting. Based in London, Ms. Renner became CFO in June 2018 and brings more than 27 years of experience in financial services and public accounting industries to the role.
Ms. Renner joined Cboe Global Markets as Assistant Controller in 2013, a position she held until her move to Cboe Europe. As Assistant Controller, Ms. Renner managed the daily operations of Cboe’s U.S. accounting function.
Prior to joining Cboe Global Markets, Ms. Renner spent 15 years at H&R Block, a leading tax preparation company, where she held various operational accounting roles and most recently served as the Director of Financial Reporting. During her tenure at H&R Block, Ms. Renner was focused on the financial services business lines, which included mortgage and investment services, small business services, and refund lending. She played a key role in various acquisitions the company made, including efficient integration of the finance departments, processes and reporting.
Ms. Renner started her career at Ernst & Young in Kansas City. She earned her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in 1992 and is currently a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
She graduated with honors from Rockhurst University in Kansas City.
- Guy Simpkin
- Head of Business Development
Guy Simpkin was appointed Cboe Europe's Head of Business Development in April 2012 and is responsible for developing new products and services that leverage Cboe Europe's pan-European cash equity success.
Guy brings 30 years of industry experience to Cboe Europe. He started his City career as an index fund manager with Barclays Investment Management (now Blackrock) where he was one of the original team that introduced quantitative fund management to Europe. He joined LIFFE (now ICE) as head of business and market development in 1994 before leaving to run equity and equity derivatives clearing at LCH.Clearnet. Guy held a similar role at Chi-x Europe when acquired by Cboe
Mr. Simpkin graduated with honours from Imperial College of Science and Technology with a degree in Mathematics. He lives in Surrey with his family and is a keen cricketer and single figure golfer.