RBC Capital Markets has appointed The TRADE’s editor, Hayley McDowell, as a new EU equity electronic sales trader and market structure consultant.
McDowell departs The TRADE after six years, the last two of which were spent at the helm of the publication.
During her time, she transformed The TRADE’s digital offerings, more than trebling online traffic and introducing new multimedia products including documentaries, podcasts and webinars.
McDowell’s journey at The TRADE began in 2015, with multiple promotions leading to her being named editor in January 2020.
She was at the forefront of the publication’s MiFID II coverage as the regulation was rolled out and was integral in the overhaul of The TRADE’s magazine over the past 18 months.
“We thank Hayley for her contribution to The TRADE over the years and wish her the best in her new role at RBC Capital Markets,” said Jonathan Watkins, publisher of The TRADE.
“The phenomenal growth of our website and digital products under her guidance are a testament to Hayley’s work here. Fortunately for us, the team has grown incredibly under her stewardship – much like the products – leaving us in a strong position for the future.”
Bianca Gould, co-head of electronic sales and trading, told The TRADE that McDowell would be leading RBC Capital Markets’ renewed focus on market structure and providing relevant content to clients on the ever-changing execution landscape.
“We are thrilled to have Hayley join our electronic sales trading team here at RBC,” she added. “RBC continues to prioritise innovation, execution advisory, strong client relationships and ensuring robust performance across the algo platform. Our Core plant is moving to a new, more dynamic platform and our AI electronic product rollout is gaining momentum.
“Hayley will leverage her editorial expertise, her industry knowledge and her existing strong client relationships in this new role.”
Following McDowell’s departure, The TRADE has announced some changes to its editorial line-up.
Annabel Smith has been promoted to senior reporter, while Kiays Khalil becomes multimedia editor for the brand. Meanwhile, Wesley Bray joins The TRADE as a full-time editorial assistant.
In addition, equities expert and former Bloomberg reporter, Will Canny, will become a freelance contributor.
The TRADE is set to announce a new editor in due course, but in the meantime will be working with Redlap Consulting’s industry expert Charlotte Decuyper as contributing editor for the remainder of 2021.