Plato Partnership appoints first operating chief

Delta Capita veteran Mark Wilcox joins Plato Partnership as group continues to build out dedicated leadership model.


Plato Partnership has appointed its first chief operating officer, as the not-for-profit group continues to implement a dedicated leadership model.

Mark Wilcox joins Plato as COO from business and technology consultancy firm Delta Capita, having previously held roles in operations and programme management at Deutsche Global markets and Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management.

Deutsche Asset Management’s former global head of equity trading, Mike Bellaro, departed the company earlier this year to lead Plato Partnership as its first chief executive officer.

Plato stated that the appointment of Wilcox as COO will further improve its organisational structure, as it seeks to drive the identification of equity market structure issues and establish partnerships with industry leaders.

“Mark’s extensive industry expertise, renowned stewardship, and ability to deliver strategic objectives over many years makes him uniquely well-suited to the challenges of this role,” Bellaro commented.

Delta Capita has had a close relationship with Plato Partnership after it was selected in 2016 to oversee the group’s corporate governance, operations and management. Delta will continue to maintain its relationship with Plato Partnership through advisory services and support in developing upcoming initiatives.

“On behalf of all at Delta Capita, I would like to congratulate Mark on his selection as COO to the Plato Partnership and wish him every success in the role,” Joe Channer, CEO at Delta Capita, added.

“His selection and release to the Partnership is a testament to Mark’s contribution as engagement lead for Plato whilst at Delta Capita and to the strength of our business partner relationship.” 

Wilcox concluded that the recent appointment of Bellaro as Plato CEO, alongside Union Investment’s Christoph Hock as buy-side co-chair, and Barclays’ Nej Djelal as sell-side co-chair, reflects Plato’s commitment to deliver benefits to the market.

“I believe we have a unique opportunity to shape the future of market structure using the significant knowledge and influence of our member firms and partnering with leading industry providers,” Wilcox added.