Former Tradeweb European sales head joins bond data firm Glimpse Markets

Mike Thorpe joins Glimpse Markets as a senior sales advisor with nearly 40 years of sales experience across fixed income and FX.

Start-up data pooling network for corporate bonds, Glimpse Markets, has hired a fixed income sales veteran, Mike Thorpe, as a senior sales advisor in preparation for its launch.

Thorpe joins Glimpse Markets as a senior sales advisor from bond analytics platform Mosaic Smart Data where he had been head of sales since January last year.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years as head of European sales at Tradeweb and over three years as head of UK sales at MarketAxess.  Earlier in his career, Thorpe worked in FX sales positions at investment banks Citi and Merrill Lynch. 

“I’m delighted that Mike has agreed to join our growing company. His considerable sales experience and market knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to on-board more buy-side institutions and push closer to launch,” Paul O’Brien, chief executive officer of Glimpse Markets, told The TRADE. 

“This is an exciting time for Glimpse – I look forward to working closely with Mike as we make high quality, affordable trading data available to the buy-side community.”

In his new role, Thorpe will be responsible for managing buy-side relationships and accelerating sales efforts at Glimpse Markets.

His appointment follows a series of buy-side roundtables over recent months as the firm looks to finalise its commercial model and governance structure of the platform prior to its official launch date.

“I’m delighted and excited to be joining Glimpse Markets as a sales advisor and very much looking forward to working with Paul and the team to help deliver affordable trade data to the buy-side,” said Thorpe. 

Outlining plans for the start-up last August, Glimpse Markets planned to launch at the end of last year after telling The TRADE that more than 20 asset managers were going through legal review processes to become part of the network.

In October, Allianz Global Investors became the third asset manager to officially join the pooling network.