Chairman, President and Chief Executive OfficerBased in Kansas City
Joe Ratterman is president, chief executive officer and chairman of BATS Global Markets, the parent company of the BATS Exchanges, BATS Options and BATS Europe. He also holds the same titles with the BATS Exchanges. Mr. Ratterman joined BATS as a founding employee in 2005 and initially served as executive vice president and chief operating officer until mid-2007.
In 2010, Mr. Ratterman was named as one of the four national finalists in the Financial Services category for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award. As one of the most prestigious entrepreneurial honors in the world, the Entrepreneur of the Year award celebrates the most influential and innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe. Mr. Ratterman also ranked #11 in 2010 in The Online Finance 40, Institutional Investor magazine’s list of the most influential people in U.S. financial markets.
Mr. Ratterman is a frequent panelist at market structure and trading conferences and also comments frequently via newsletters to the industry. To read his latest commentaries, please view the latest CEO Newsletters.
Prior to joining BATS, Mr. Ratterman was vice president of business development at Tradebot Systems. Previously, he was chief information officer at LabOne, the Lenexa, Kan.-based health screening and diagnostic testing company now owned by Quest Diagnostics. Before joining LabOne, Mr. Ratterman was chief technology officer at Bridge Information Systems and Reuters, where he was employed from 1990 to 2002.
An accomplished water skier, rock climber, professional photographer, and instrument-rated commercial pilot, Mr. Ratterman holds a degree in mathematics and computer science from Central Missouri State University, as well as Series 7, 24, 27, 55 and 66 licenses. He is also active in the local community as a member of the Kansas City Public Library Technology Advisory Board and the Angel Flight Central Board of Directors.
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating OfficerBased in Kansas City
Chris Isaacson is a founding employee and was promoted to chief operating officer at BATS Global Markets in July 2007. He is also a senior vice president of the firm. Mr. Isaacson is responsible for ensuring BATS remains an innovative, world-class leader in technology and his leadership has helped BATS grow quickly.
Mr. Isaacson was previously vice president in charge of operations, a position he had held since 2006. He previously managed the trade desk at BATS and, as a developer, was instrumental in the architecture and implementation of the BATS trading platform. He speaks frequently on panels at key industry events.
"Chris has played a critical role in BATS' growth since joining us as a founding employee in 2005," CEO Joe Ratterman said. "From day one, he has demonstrated the ability to execute at a high level, and his great knowledge of our system and our subscribers continues to pay great dividends. He is a consummate professional, and we couldn't have a more capable person in this role than Chris."
Mr. Isaacson began his career as a software engineer at Cerner Corp., the publicly traded, Kansas City-based healthcare information systems supplier. He was a software developer at Tradebot Systems from 2003 to 2005.
He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and business from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Neb., and was a two-time Academic All-American while competing in the decathlon. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he currently serves on the Advisory Board at the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management.
Mr. Isaacson holds Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 55, 63 and 65 licenses.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial OfficerBased in Kansas City
Brian Schell joined BATS as chief financial officer in March 2011 and is also a senior vice president of the firm.
A 20-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Schell spent 16 years at H&R Block Inc. where he held various senior leadership positions, concluding his tenure as senior vice president, operations, support and development for the firm’s Tax Services division. Mr. Schell also served separately as chief financial officer of the Tax Services and H&R Block Financial Advisors units, holding the former position for seven years.
"The combination of Brian’s leadership skills and his financial services experience makes him a tremendous addition to our senior management team,” CEO Joe Ratterman said. “As we continue to grow our businesses while seeking to expand worldwide, his depth of financial expertise is invaluable."
During Mr. Schell’s tenure at H&R Block, he led several merger and acquisition assignments, while directing financial operations and strategic planning initiatives that led to significant revenue growth and operational efficiencies. Most recently, Mr. Schell was chief financial officer at Pollen Inc., a Kansas City-based technology company working with large companies redeploying cash in their accounts payables.
Mr. Schell began his career as a financial analyst at JP Morgan & Co. in New York and also spent five years in Washington, D.C., at KPMG Peat Marwick and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, facilitating regulatory-assisted banking transactions.
Mr. Schell graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an emphasis in finance. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University.
Chief Executive Officer, BATS EuropeBased in London
Mark Hemsley joined BATS in April 2008 as chief executive officer of BATS Europe taking a pioneering role as one of the division’s first employees. Under Mr. Hemsley's leadership, BATS Europe has become a dominant player amongst pan-European trading venues and is recognized as a leader in market structure, technology and innovation.
"Mark's background in – and knowledge of – the European market and trading technology continue to give BATS a significant leg up in the region," said CEO Joe Ratterman. "From the beginning, Mark enthusiastically embraced the BATS credo to Make Markets Better, and his team continues to achieve tremendous results. We look forward to continued success with Mark’s leadership."
A fixture on European market structure panels at various industry events, Mr. Hemsley was ranked #6 on the FN 100, Financial News’ 2010 list of the most influential people in European financial markets.
Mr. Hemsley was previously managing director and chief information officer at LIFFE, running its Market Solutions group. At LIFFE from 2001 to 2004, he won major contracts with top exchanges and transformed the technology organization to capture greater revenue from its exchange businesses. A LIFFE board member, he was also heavily involved in the sale of LIFFE to Euronext, the predecessor company to NYSE Euronext.
He was a managing director of global technology – serving as chief operating officer and a CIO – during his tenure at Deutsche Bank GCI, the investment bank. With the company, he managed teams of professionals in Frankfurt, London, New York, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, while working closely with the firm's trading operations.
His previous positions included time as a vice president at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was global head of foreign exchange technology, and a stint as CIO at Natwest Capital Markets.
Senior Vice President, Chief Regulatory OfficerBased in Kansas City
Tami Schademann joined BATS as a founding employee in 2005 and has led the regulatory and compliance department since that time. She was named chief regulatory officer and senior vice president of BATS Global Markets in 2008.
Leading up to the 2006 launch of BATS Trading as a U.S. trading platform, Ms. Schademann played a central role in BATS' application with the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA) to become a broker-dealer, as well as the firm's application with the SEC.
"Tami has successfully guided BATS through a number of SEC and FINRA compliance requirements, and is the ideal person to lead BATS as chief regulatory officer," CEO Joe Ratterman said. "She also showed exemplary leadership of our regulatory compliance team during BATS’ transition to a licensed U.S. securities exchange."
In 2010, Ms. Schademann was an Ingram’s Magazine "Women Executives" honoree, an accolade given to Kansas City women who exemplify leadership within their organizations.
Prior to joining BATS, Ms. Schademann was chief compliance officer for four years at Tradebot Systems. Previously, she was a manager at Security Investment Company of Kansas City as well as in the trust divisions of Firstar Bank, Commerce Bank, and Security Bank of Kansas City.
Ms. Schademann holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and SecretaryBased in New York
Eric Swanson joined BATS Global Markets as general counsel in January 2008 and continues to lead the BATS legal team.
During his tenure at BATS, Mr. Swanson has played an integral role in helping BATS transition from an ECN to an Exchange and oversees all legal aspects at the company.
Mr. Swanson has a significant history with the SEC, having served at the Commission from 1996 to 2006 and rising to the title of Assistant Director in the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations’ market oversight unit in Washington. His duties included supervising the Commission's inspection program responsible for regulatory oversight of trading on the securities exchanges and ECNs.
"Eric has made significant contributions to the BATS organization during and after obtaining regulatory approval to operate as an Exchange and as we expand into other asset classes and services," said CEO Joe Ratterman.
Mr. Swanson was most recently chief counsel and vice president of regulatory strategy at Ameriprise Financial. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and earned his law degree at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn.
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Business Development and MarketingBased in Kansas City
Ken Conklin was promoted to senior vice president, business development, at BATS Global Markets in August 2007. Mr. Conklin was the driving force behind much of the company’s European expansion and spent two years in London focusing on the start-up of BATS Europe. He was also instrumental in the research and development for BATS Options and is spearheading BATS’ efforts to explore the Brazilian market.
Also, as head of global marketing, Mr. Conklin brings strong technical knowledge to the firm’s print and online material and is responsible for maintaining the BATS brand by ensuring consistent messages and branding across all media.
Mr. Conklin joined BATS as a founding employee in 2005 as a software developer and played a key role in the development of the BATS ECN. He has pioneered and led the sales and marketing efforts for BATS as an account manager, sales manager, and vice president of sales.
"In a technology-driven company such as BATS, it only makes sense that a technology professional should lead business development and marketing for the firm, and Ken has played an enormous role in BATS’ growth, first leading our U.S. sales force and then as the lead for our European expansion," CEO Joe Ratterman said.
Previous to joining BATS, Mr. Conklin was a software developer at Tradebot Systems. His experience also includes software engineering positions at Cerner Corp., Kansas City, Mo., and Cyntergy Technology, Tulsa, Okla. He spent the first several years of his career as a financial analyst and commercial lender for Bank of America and Firstar Bank (U.S. Bank).
Mr. Conklin holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business from Kansas State University and also earned a master's degree in computer science, with honors, from the University of Kansas.
Mr. Conklin holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.
Vice President, Head of BATS OptionsBased in Kansas City
Jeromee Johnson joined BATS Global Markets in March 2009 as vice president of market development and leads BATS Options, the company’s U.S. equity options exchange. Mr. Johnson’s vision and hard work has helped BATS Options grow quickly.
Previously Mr. Johnson was president of 3D Markets, a nationally recognized provider of software and technology for institutional equity options trading. He was instrumental in designing and launching Archangel, the first “dark pool” trading network in U.S. equity options.
Mr. Johnson is the author of a number of seminal industry titles including "Locating the Invisible: Aggregating Dark Book Liquidity" and "Trading at Light Speed: Analyzing Low Latency Market Data Infrastructure." He is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences and a regular fixture in financial media providing expert commentary on trading technology and financial markets regulation.
"We're excited to bring a well-established presence like Jeromee on board as we expand into the options market," said CEO Joe Ratterman. "Jeromee's technical knowledge and focus on innovation are just two of the reasons why he has played a significant role in our growth."
Prior to 3D Markets, Mr. Johnson was a senior analyst and consultant with TABB Group, the financial markets research and advisory firm. Before TABB, Mr. Johnson was director of product development and professional services for UNX, an agency brokerage and provider of electronic trading tools for institutional investors.
He holds Series 4, 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses.
Vice President, Head of U.S. SalesBased in New York
Joe Bracco was named vice president and head of U.S. sales for BATS Global Markets in December 2009. An industry veteran, Mr. Bracco joined BATS in February 2008 as director, U.S. sales, managing client accounts and all relationships related to the dissemination of BATS market data.
"Joe is an invaluable member of the BATS team having developed solid relationships with clients on the East Coast as a sales director and successfully working to have BATS market data published on high profile Web sites, such as Yahoo!Finance and AOL," said CEO Joe Ratterman. "We're excited about the experience and work ethic he brings to this leadership role."
Prior to joining BATS, Mr. Bracco spent the bulk of his career at Cantor Fitzgerald LLP in New York. During his 22 years at Cantor, he became a partner and senior vice president and was responsible for building, managing and maintaining relationships with large primary dealers, hedge funds, futures trading accounts and regional dealers.
Mr. Bracco is a graduate of St. John’s University, New York, and holds Series 7, 24, 55 and 63 licenses.
Vice President, Investor Relations and CommunicationsBased in New York
Randy Williams was named vice president, communications, for BATS Global Markets in March 2008. He joined BATS in October 2006 as communications specialist.
Mr. Williams is responsible for much of BATS' interaction with external audiences, including journalists and analysts, and his work has led to coverage from Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Dow Jones Newswires, Forbes, Reuters, The Economist, The Financial Times, NEWSWEEK and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
"Randy has become one of the defining personalities for BATS and he is truly one of the easiest people to talk to that I know," said CEO Joe Ratterman. "His professionalism and communication with the press, analysts, and our customer base has helped BATS develop and maintain a great standing and professional image in the public eye."
Mr. Williams began his career as a journalist at Dow Jones Newswires in New York and spent 11 years there. From 1998 to 2004, he was assistant managing editor in charge of the spot news operation, supervising a group of more than 50 journalists and statisticians. In 2001, in honor of his work for the newswire Sept. 11, 2001, he received the Dow Jones Circle of Excellence Outstanding Service Award.
Prior to joining BATS, Mr. Williams was vice president with the global public relations consulting firm Fleishman-Hilliard, running the financial practice for its fourth-largest office in Kansas City and managing clients such as the National Stock Exchange, based in Chicago. He was at Starkman & Associates, New York, as senior managing director prior to moving to Kansas City in 2006.
A former offensive lineman at the University of Illinois and Lehigh University, Mr. Williams graduated from Lehigh with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in public relations.
He holds Series 7, 24 and 66 licenses.