Ex-Citi equities expert joins BTIG

Incoming individual has previously served at: Citi, Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America.

BTIG has appointed Sean Shanker as a managing director within the electronic trading team, based in New York.

Sean Shanker

In the role, Shanker will focus on driving new initiatives across the firm’s electronic and portfolio trading offering as well as leading key projects.

“Joining BTIG is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a firm known for its innovative approach and client-focused culture. I’m eager to collaborate with a team that consistently delivers exceptional results and to help drive forward our strategic initiatives,” Shanker told The TRADE.

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Speaking to the appointment, Thomas Smykowski, co-head of securities at BTIG, highlighted the timely appointment of Shanker: “Sean joins us at an exciting time as we continue to invest in the latest technology and talent to stay ahead of industry trends. BTIG is fully committed to developing advanced trading solutions to satisfy the liquidity needs of our most demanding clients, and our appointment of Sean underscores this commitment.”

Shanker has more than two decades of experience in the industry, having most recently served as head of product, Americas – equities at Citi.

Prior to this, he has held various positions in algorithmic and systematic risk trading, product development, sales, engineering, and strategy.

Across his career he has also served as director and senior trading strategist at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch.

“We are excited to welcome Sean to the team. With his guidance and expertise, we will be well-positioned to enhance our technology capabilities, drive growth, and maintain our reputation as a leader in the electronic trading space,” said Stephen Ponzio, head of electronic trading at BTIG.