BATS Chi-X Europe chooses new COO
Howson will join BATS Chi-X Europe in June, reporting to chief executive Mark Hemsley. In his new role he will oversee the firm’s software engineering, infrastructure and operational teams.
Before joining BATS, Howson was chief technology officer at Equiduct Systems, where he was one of the founders. He spearheaded the design of the company’s technology platform and market structure and was responsible for technology strategy, market structure and post-trade services.
Prior to Equiduct, Howson was solutions architect and principle consultant at Reuters consulting, where he built a pan-European equities trading platform for Nasdaq Europe, as well as a trading system for Nasdaq Deutschland.
“We are delighted to welcome David to BATS Chi-X Europe,” said Hemsley. “He brings considerable experience to our management team, and a proven track record of implementing robust trading systems and operational excellence. His background in delivering solutions to the European retail market at Equiduct underscores our commitment to strengthen our customer relationships and respond to a broad range of customer needs.”