Mark Hemsley is President, Europe, at Cboe Global Markets, joining the firm in 2017 as part of the Bats Global Markets acquisition. Based in London, he leads a team of approximately 90 people, operating the largest pan-European stock market and trade reporting facility.
A founding employee of Bats Europe in 2008, Hemsley is a well-respected industry expert and leader whose team has played a major role in transforming Europe’s equity markets over the past decade. In 2011, Mr Hemsley led the transformative acquisition and integration of Chi-X Europe, creating the leading stock exchange group in Europe, surpassing legacy markets which had been in operation for hundreds of years.
Under Mr Hemsley’s leadership, Bats became a Recognized Investment Exchange (RIE) in 2013, and in August 2016, Bats Europe announced plans to launch Bats LIS, powered by BIDS Trading, a new block equity trading platform for Europe’s equities market. It has also launched new benchmark real-time indices for numerous major European markets.
Bats Europe and Mr Hemsley received numerous awards, including the Financial News Trading & Technology Awards Honor for Best Exchange Group. Hemsley has also been named to the "FN 100 Most Influential" list, which recognizes key financial executives impacting European financial markets, every year since 2009 and in 2015 received the “FN Decade of Excellence” award for outstanding contribution to Capital Markets. In addition, he contributes his market structure expertise as a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Secondary Markets Standing Committee and also the ESMA Stakeholders Group, providing consultation on the impact of market structure changes and ESMA policy development.
Before joining Bats, Mr Hemsley was Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at LIFFE, running its Market Solutions group. At LIFFE, from 2001 to 2004, he won major contracts with top exchanges and transformed the technology organization to capture greater revenue from its exchange businesses. A LIFFE board member, he was also heavily involved in the sale of the company to Euronext.
He also served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer – during his tenure at Deutsche Bank GCI, the investment bank where he managed teams of professionals in Frankfurt, London, New York, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo, while working closely with the firm's trading operations.
His previous positions include Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was global Head of Foreign Exchange Technology, and a stint as CIO at Natwest Capital Markets.