Board of Directors
Victor R. Simone, Jr., Chairman
Victor R. Simone, Jr. has served as a chairman of our company since December 2013, and a director of our company from March to December 2013. During his tenure at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Simone led the firm's Global eBusiness Group, its Institutional Client Services Group, its Private Client Services Fixed Income Group, and also served as Chairman of the firm's Innovation Committee and the Fixed Income Industry Groups. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1981 after working in the corporate banking department of the Chase Bank, and he was named a managing director at Goldman Sachs in 1997. He has served as chairman of the Boards of a number of financial technology companies, including Tradeweb Markets LLC, as well as in a variety of other board positions. He served as a director of Interactive Data Corporation from 2009-2010, served on the GETCO Advisory Board from 2010-2011, and served as a senior industry executive of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe from 2011-2012. He is currently a director of the Boston College Wall Street Executive Council, the Boston College Financial Advisory Board and the New York Fellowship. Mr. Simone received his bachelor's degree from Boston College and his Masters of Business Administration from New York University.
Walter Raquet, Director
Walter Raquet has served as a director of our company since May 2013. Mr. Raquet was formerly the chairman of BOLTON LP, an investment management company based in the U.S. Prior to BOLTON, Walter founded WR Capital Management LP in 2004 and served as its chairman through to 2011. Mr. Raquet co-founded Knight Capital Group, Inc in 1995 and served as its chairman and executive vice president through to 2002. During that time, Mr. Raquet helped grow the company into the NASDAQ’s top market maker, expanding the firm from $17 million in market cap and 70 employees, to an $8 billion market cap company with 1400 employees. Prior to that he served as corporate controller of Cantor Fitzgerald, LP. He served as a senior vice president at Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing, L.P./Troster Singer, managing their technology and marketing functions from 1992 to 1994. He has over 40 years of experience in the securities industry. Mr. Raquet is a qualified C.P.A. and has practiced at the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. He received a B.S. Degree in Accounting from New York University in 1966.
David Francescani, Director
David Francescani has served as a director of our company since November 2012. As of the beginning of 2014, Mr. Francescani is Of Counsel in the New York office of Fish & Richardson, a leading intellectual property law firm in the U.S. Prior to that he was a principal at the firm, serving as Managing Principal of the New York office from 2004 to 2012 and on the firm's Compensation Committee from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Francescani joined Fish & Richardson in 2001. Prior to that, he was a partner at Darby & Darby, another intellectual property law firm, from 1969 to 1986 and 1992 to 1998. From 1986 to 1992, Mr. Francescani was General Counsel and an Executive Vice President at J.J. Kenny Co., Inc., a financial services company specializing in municipal bonds. His legal practice involves intellectual property litigation in the fields of computers, software, telecommunications, financial exchanges and proprietary trading systems. He has practiced in the field of intellectual property law for over 45 years and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Francescani received his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the Notre Dame School of Law.
Dennis Suskind, Director
Dennis Suskind has served as a director of our company since November 2012. Mr. Suskind held the title of general partner of Goldman Sachs until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Suskind currently serves on the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a position he has held since 2008. He also serves on the board of the Bridgehampton National Bank where he is Vice Chairman. Mr. Suskind was among those elected as an inaugural member to the Futures Industry Association’s Hall of Fame in 2005. He previously served as Vice Chairman of NYMEX, Vice Chairman of COMEX, a member of the board of directors the Futures Industry Association, a member of the board of International Precious Metals Institute, and a member of the boards of the Gold and Silver Institutes in Washington, D.C. Mr. Suskind was President of the board of directors of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health at its inception and has served as a Member of the President’s Council of the Peconic Land Trust, President of Brown University’s Parents’ Council, Founding Member of Mt. Sinai’s Hospital Associates, the board of directors of the Nature Conservancy, and as a board member of the Collegiate School. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Suskind held a Town Council seat in the Town of Southampton, New York. The Preservation League of New York State presented Mr. Suskind with its 2005 Pillar of New York Award.