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 at GETCO.
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 growth.”
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 September.
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.