Option Computers’ DealHub has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Chris Leaver, the former global head of marketing and business execution at Thomson Reuters, as its new chief operating officer.
Based in DealHub’s London headquarters, Leaver reports to managing director Peter Kriskinans. In the newly created position he is responsible for finance, sales, marketing and human resources functions, together with a broad focus on helping DealHub to scale its business.
At Thomson Reuters Leaver was most recently responsible for taking the vendor’s flagship Eikon desktop to market. Before that he was global head of strategy and marketing in Reuters’ sales and trading division, and was finance and strategy director of Reuters’ Automated Dealing Technologies business. He joined Reuters in 1998 from accounting and consulting firm, Arthur Andersen.
“The hire of a COO of Chris’s calibre is a strategic move that reflects the continued growth of the company and the confidence we have in the future,” says Kriskinans. “Chris brings with him a deep knowledge of the markets, which, coupled with a unique blend of skills, makes him ideally suited to help the business develop and grow further.”
Leaver adds, “I am privileged to have the opportunity to join DealHub and take a leading role, during this exciting period of growth. With a number of new projects in the pipeline, together with the continued demand for DealHub’s core trading and STP solutions, it was a challenge I simply could not refuse.”
Leaver started in the role at the beginning of July. His appointment was made at the same time DealHub hired Peter Hill, a 30 year veteran of the financial markets, as sales executive (Squawkbox, 11 July).