The BATS management team focuses solely on the Company's mission of Making Markets Better.
Chief Executive OfficerBased in Kansas City
Joe Ratterman is Chief Executive Officer of BATS Global Markets, one of the world’s largest securities market operators in the U.S. and globally. Under Mr. Ratterman's direction, BATS is focused on market quality, reliability, transparency, and fairness while delivering a high standard of customer service.
Since he was named CEO in June 2007, BATS has become one of the largest stock exchange operators in the U.S., and BATS Chi-X Europe has become the largest pan-European stock market. In 2012, the latter was recognized as "Best Stock Exchange" in Europe by Financial News.
Since 2008, Mr. Ratterman has been continuously ranked by Institutional Investor as an industry leader on the magazine’s "Tech 50" and "Online Finance 40" lists. In 2010, he was one of the four national finalists in the Financial Services category for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award, celebrating the most influential and innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe. Also, BATS has repeatedly been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal through the "Champions of Business" and "Best Places to Work" awards programs.
A market structure practitioner, he is a frequent panelist and presenter at industry conferences, and also opines on key topics, regulatory issues, and other pertinent events via newsletters to the industry.
One of 13 individuals who founded BATS in 2005, his previous industry experience includes time as Chief Technology Officer at Bridge Information Systems and Reuters, where he was employed from 1990 to 2002.
An accomplished rock climber, water skier, runner, professional photographer, and Type Rated ATP pilot, Mr. Ratterman holds a degree in mathematics and computer science from Central Missouri State University, as well as Series 7, 24, 27, 55, and 66 licenses. He is also a member of the Angel Flight Central Board of Directors.
PresidentBased in New York
William O'Brien is President of BATS Global Markets, one of the world’s largest securities market operators in the U.S. and globally. Prior to joining BATS he was CEO of Direct Edge, leading that organization from a small alternative trading system with 18 employees to a licensed equities exchange operator that rose to the third largest in the United States. BATS and Direct Edge merged in January 2014.
With its recognized focus on customer service and product innovation, in 2013 Direct Edge won the Wall Street Letter Institutional Trading Award for Best Exchange Client Service, Markets Choice Award as Most Innovative Exchange, and the Business Intelligence Group Company of the Year Award.
Mr. O’Brien was named a Wall Street & Technology Top 10 Innovator of the Decade, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® in New Jersey, and is a perennial presence on the Institutional Investor "Tech 50" list. He is a frequent speaker on securities market structure and related issues both within the industry and in the general media. He has also testified before public regulatory panels and Congress on multiple occasions.
Prior to his appointment to Direct Edge in July 2007, Mr. O'Brien was senior vice president at The NASDAQ Stock Market, having held senior management positions in NASDAQ’s New Listings and Market Data units. He joined NASDAQ in 2004 from Brut, LLC, where he had been chief operating officer since 2002, helping lead the company through a period of significant growth and its acquisition by NASDAQ. He originally joined Brut as senior vice president and general counsel in 2000. Mr. O'Brien was an attorney in the legal department of Goldman Sachs from 1998 to 2000 and at Orrick LLP from 1995 to 1998.
Mr. O’Brien graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with bachelor degrees in history and government. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Mr. O’Brien holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Senior Vice President, Business DevelopmentBased in New York
Tony Barchetto serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development at BATS Global Markets.
Previously, Mr. Barchetto was Head of Corporate Strategy at Direct Edge, where he oversaw strategic growth initiatives and business development for the firm, including efforts to bring exchange competition to the Brazilian market. He also played an integral role in helping facilitate the merger of Direct Edge and BATS, creating one of the world’s largest exchange operators in January 2014.
Prior to Direct Edge, he held a number of senior positions in product, sales, operations, and business development at block trading platform Liquidnet, most recently serving as Head of Corporate Strategy. Mr. Barchetto started in electronic trading at Citigroup's Lava Trading in sales and later as a product manager. Earlier in his career, Mr. Barchetto was a NASDAQ market maker with Knight Capital Group.
He is a CFA charter holder and holds a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Mr. Barchetto holds Series 7, 63, 55, and 24 licenses.
Senior Vice President, Head of Institutional & Strategic RelationsBased in New York
Joe Bracco is Senior Vice President, Head of Institutional and Strategic Relations at BATS Global Markets. An industry veteran, Mr. Bracco joined BATS in February 2008 as Director, U.S. Sales, managing client accounts and all relationships related to the dissemination of BATS market data. Previously he was Senior Vice President and head of U.S. Sales for BATS' cash equities and options markets since December 2009.
Prior to joining BATS, Mr. Bracco spent the bulk of his career at Cantor Fitzgerald LLP in New York where he was a Partner and Senior Vice President. He spent the majority of his 22 years at Cantor as a US treasury bond broker and later with Espeed, their electronic trading platform, where he worked with an array of market participants to develop relationships, attract order flow, and create new business opportunities.
Mr. Bracco is a graduate of St. John’s University, New York, and holds Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 licenses.
Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. SalesBased in New York
Bryan Christian is Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Sales at BATS Global Markets. Mr. Christian was previously Head of Sales for Direct Edge, which merged with BATS in January 2014.
At Direct Edge, Mr. Christian led the strategic development and implementation of innovative products and pricing that supported trading on the firm’s dual equity exchange platforms, EDGA and EDGX, and adoption of the firm’s expanding suite of connectivity and data services.
Prior to Direct Edge, Bryan served as Managing Director of Sales at NASDAQ OMX and as global connectivity manager at Bloomberg Tradebook. He began his career in London as a Business Analyst at Merrill Lynch International before joining software development firm Felspar Limited. Bryan earned a B.S. in Business Administration at Marist College.
Senior Vice President, Business Development & MarketingBased in Kansas City
Ken Conklin is Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at BATS Global Markets. Mr. Conklin was the driving force behind much of the company’s European expansion and spent two years in London focusing on the start-up of BATS Europe. He was also instrumental in the research and development for BATS Options.
Also, as head of global marketing, Mr. Conklin brings strong technical knowledge to the firm’s print and online material and is responsible for maintaining the BATS brand by ensuring consistent messages and branding across all media.
Mr. Conklin was a co-founder of the firm in 2005 and played a key role in the development of the BATS ECN. He initially was a software developer and then pioneered the sales, marketing, and business development efforts for BATS.
Previous to joining BATS, Mr. Conklin was a software developer at Tradebot Systems. His experience also includes software engineering positions at Cerner Corp., Kansas City, Mo., and Cyntergy Technology, Tulsa, Okla. He spent the first several years of his career as a financial analyst and commercial lender for Bank of America and Firstar Bank (U.S. Bank).
Mr. Conklin holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business from Kansas State University and also earned a master's degree in computer science, with honors, from the University of Kansas.
Mr. Conklin holds Series 7, 63, and 24 licenses.
Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. MarketsBased in New York
Bryan Harkins is Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. Markets at BATS Global Markets. In his role, Mr. Harkins oversees sales, product development and competitive strategy for BATS’ equities and options exchanges. He also oversees the combined firm’s suite of market data and connectivity products.
Mr. Harkins was previously Chief Operating Officer of Direct Edge, which merged with BATS in January 2014. He joined Direct Edge in March 2007, where his industry knowledge and effective leadership skills were instrumental to the company growing into one of the largest players in the US equity market. He was responsible for operations, product development, sales, and overseeing the day-to-day activities of the EDGX and EDGA exchanges.
Mr. Harkins was named to the 2013 NJBiz magazine Forty Under 40 list and received the 2013 silver Best in Biz award for Best Executive and the 2013 Business Intelligence Group award for Executive of the Year.
During his nearly 15 years in the electronic trading space, Mr. Harkins has held numerous technical, operational, and senior sales positions at Instinet, BRUT LLC, and NASDAQ. He holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Executive Vice President, Global Chief Information OfficerBased in Kansas City
Chris Isaacson is Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer at BATS Global Markets. A founding employee of BATS in 2005, Mr. Isaacson is responsible for ensuring BATS remains an innovative, world-class leader in technology and his leadership has helped BATS grow quickly. He oversees all technology and market operations for the company, including technology strategy, software development and quality, as well as IT infrastructure and security.
In his various roles at BATS, Mr. Isaacson has overseen technology and operations, including the trade desk, and, as a developer, was instrumental in the architecture and implementation of the BATS trading platform. He speaks frequently on panels at key industry events. For several years in a row, Mr. Isaacson has been recognized by Institutional Investor in their annual “Trading Technology 40” ranking, most recently placing #8 on their 2014 list.
Mr. Isaacson began his career as a software engineer at Cerner Corp., the publicly traded, Kansas City-based healthcare information systems supplier. He was a software developer at Tradebot Systems from 2003 to 2005.
He holds a bachelor's degree in information systems with minors in math and finance from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Neb., and was a two-time Academic All-American while competing in the decathlon. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he currently serves on the Advisory Board at the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management.
Mr. Isaacson holds Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 55, 63, and 65 licenses.
Vice President, Market DevelopmentBased in Kansas City
Jeromee Johnson is Vice President of Market Development and oversees BATS’ equity options market, BATS Options.
Mr. Johnson joined BATS in March 2009 and spearheaded the launch of BATS Options in 2010. Since that time, BATS has been at the forefront of innovation in U.S. equity options with unique offerings such as "NBBO Setter" rebates and enhanced risk management tools for traders.
He was previously President of 3D Markets, where he was instrumental in designing and launching Archangel, the first dark pool trading network in U.S. equity options. Mr. Johnson was also a Senior Analyst at Tabb Group and Director of Product Development and Professional Services at UNX.
Mr. Johnson regularly speaks at conferences and other industry events on key market structure topics. Before joining BATS, Mr. Johnson authored seminal industry titles including "Locating the Invisible: Aggregating Dark Book Liquidity" and "Trading at Light Speed: Analyzing Low Latency Market Data Infrastructure."
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of The American Institute for Computer Sciences and currently resides in the Kansas City, Mo., area with his family.
Executive Vice President, Chief Regulatory OfficerBased in Kansas City
Tami Schademann is Executive Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer at BATS Global Markets. Ms. Schademann joined BATS as a founding employee in 2005 and has led the regulatory and compliance department since that time.
Ms. Schademann played a central role in BATS’ application with the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA) to become a broker-dealer, as well as the firm’s application with the SEC, leading up to the 2006 launch of BATS Trading as a U.S. trading platform. She also played a critical role during BATS’ transition to a licensed U.S. securities exchange, which took place in 2008.
Ms. Schademann helped BATS expand its global footprint to become one of the world’s leading exchange operators. In 2008, she temporarily relocated to London to direct compliance and regulatory affairs for BATS as the company entered the European equities market.
A member of the Intermarket Surveillance Group (ISG), Ms. Schademann represents BATS in this influential group that coordinates surveillance and investigations among FINRA and other U.S. and foreign exchanges trading in securities, options, futures, and foreign securities. She has represented BATS at ISG conferences in London, Germany, and Tokyo.
Ms. Schademann is also a Chairperson of the Ethics Commission of Wyandotte County, Kansas, which serves the citizens of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County by helping to ensure good government. In 2012, Ms. Schademann received the “Women Who Mean Business” award from the Kansas City Business Journal, which recognizes the region’s top corporate executives and entrepreneurs. In 2010, Ms. Schademann was an Ingram’s Magazine "Women Executives" honoree, an accolade given to Kansas City women who exemplify leadership within their organizations.
Prior to joining BATS, Ms. Schademann was Chief Compliance Officer for four years at Tradebot Systems. Previously, she was a manager at Security Investment Company of Kansas City as well as in the trust divisions of Firstar Bank, Commerce Bank, and Security Bank of Kansas City.
Ms. Schademann holds Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, TreasurerBased in Kansas City
Brian Schell joined BATS as Chief Financial Officer in March 2011 and is also an Executive Vice President of the firm. Mr. Schell oversees all financial activities for the firm including accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, and deal analysis.
A 20-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Schell spent 16 years at H&R Block Inc. where he held various senior leadership positions, concluding his tenure as senior vice president, operations, support, and development for the firm’s Tax Services division. Mr. Schell also served separately as chief financial officer of the Tax Services and H&R Block Financial Advisors units, holding the former position for seven years.
During Mr. Schell's tenure at H&R Block, he led several merger and acquisition assignments, while directing financial operations and strategic planning initiatives that led to significant revenue growth and operational efficiencies. Most recently, Mr. Schell was chief financial officer at Pollen Inc., a Kansas City-based technology company working with large companies redeploying cash in their accounts payables.
Mr. Schell began his career as an analyst at JP Morgan & Co. in New York and also spent five years in Washington, D.C., at KPMG Peat Marwick and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, facilitating regulatory-assisted banking transactions.
Mr. Schell graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and an emphasis in finance. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University.
Mr. Schell holds a Series 27 license.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & SecretaryBased in New York
Eric Swanson joined BATS Global Markets as General Counsel in January 2008 and oversees all legal aspects at the company.
Mr. Swanson played an integral role in helping BATS transition to a registered U.S. equities exchange in 2008, followed by the expansion into U.S. equity options in 2010. He also serves as a liaison with U.S. regulators and industry officials on market structure issues.
He served at the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1996 to 2006, rising to the title of assistant director in the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations’ market oversight unit in Washington. His duties included supervising the Commission's inspection program responsible for regulatory oversight of trading on the securities exchanges and ECNs.
Prior to joining BATS, Mr. Swanson was most recently Chief Counsel and Vice President of regulatory strategy at Ameriprise Financial. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and earned his law degree at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn.
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & CommunicationsBased in New York
Randy Williams is Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications at BATS Global Markets. He joined the firm in October 2006 and oversees all internal and external communications for the firm.
Mr. Williams’ team is responsible for much of BATS' interaction with external audiences, including journalists and analysts, and their work has led to coverage from Bloomberg, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNBC, Dow Jones Newswires, Forbes, Reuters, The Economist, The Financial Times, Institutional Investor, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
He began his career as a journalist at Dow Jones Newswires in New York and spent 10 years there. From 1998 to 2004, he was assistant managing editor in charge of the spot news operation, supervising a group of more than 50 journalists and statisticians. In 2001, in honor of his work for the newswire on Sept. 11, 2001, he received the Dow Jones Circle of Excellence Outstanding Service Award.
Prior to joining BATS, Mr. Williams was Vice President with the global public relations consulting firm Fleishman-Hilliard, focused on financial companies for its fourth-largest office in Kansas City. He was at Starkman & Associates, New York, as Senior Managing Director prior to moving to Kansas City in 2006.
A former offensive lineman at the University of Illinois and Lehigh University, Mr. Williams graduated from Lehigh with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in public relations.
He holds Series 7, 24, and 66 licenses.