GETCO relocates Asian chief to Europe
Electronic market making firm GETCO has reshuffled its
senior ranks, with Robert Smith, managing director for Asia, relocating to London to lead the firm's European division.
GETCO opened its London office in 2004 and currently has
more than 80 employees. Smith replaces Stephen Warr and John Mueller who were
serving as interim co-heads of the London office. Both will take on new roles
Smith has led GETCO Asia since
its Singapore office was conceived in 2008. Previously, he was the firm’s chief
technology officer from 2001 to 2007. Before joining GETCO, Smith was a senior
quantitative research associate for Springfield & Company, a global fixed
income trading firm. He has also held technology and management positions with New
Bont Dtrading, Reuters America, Computer Sciences Corporation and Microcom.
“Rob has demonstrated a successful track record of
capitalising on opportunities in complex and diverse markets,” said Daniel
Coleman, CEO, GETCO. “We look forward to him taking on this new role and
believe he is the right person to lead the next phase of GETCO’s European
The firm also named Farid Moslehi as head of Asia. Moslehi, who is currently GETCO's chief risk officer, will
take on Smith's current duties and will be based in Singapore. The appointments take effect from 1
Moslehi first joined GETCO in 2005. Prior to serving as chief risk
officer, he was a trader as well as a team leader in both data services and
risk management. Before joining GETCO, he was a trader with Bank One and First Chicago and has also held positions in technology, quantitative research
and risk management at Lehman Brothers, CIBC and First Chicago.