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ISDA chief to step down

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
ISDA chief to step down The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, (ISDA) says that its chief executive officer Robert Pickel will step down from his role later this year.  http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, (ISDA) says that its chief executive officer Robert Pickel will step down from his role later this year. 

Pickel has led the association through a period of unprecedented change, including industry preparation for and adoption of key over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives reforms including the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation.

“After nearly 17 years in a variety of roles at ISDA, and with many reforms implemented or largely under way, I believe that now is a good time to explore other opportunities,” says Pickel. “I appreciate the support of the ISDA board throughout my time with ISDA and look forward to working with the board to transition to new leadership. I have been fortunate to work with an incredible staff over the years, and I know that their dedication to this organization will ensure a seamless transition.”

Stephen O’Connor, ISDA chairman says: “Bob has led ISDA through an incredibly important and challenging time for the derivatives industry, and the board and I are very grateful for all his hard work and unflappable leadership. I’ve enjoyed working closely with him as chairman over the past three years, and I, together with the entire board, wish him all the best for the future.”

“Bob has been a tireless advocate for ISDA and our mission to ensure safe, efficient markets,” echoed Eraj Shirvani, former ISDA chairman and managing director, head of Fixed Income EMEA at Credit Suisse. “His wise counsel, thoughtful insights and steady

Pickel has agreed to continue in office during a transition phase, as the board turns to the task of appointing a successor.

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