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ISDA names new CEO

ISDA appoints derivatives veteran Conrad Voldstad as CEO, replacing Bob Pickel.

The International swaps and derivatives association (ISDA), the derivatives industry trade body, has appointed Conrad Voldstad as chief executive officer, replacing Bob Pickel, who will move to the newly created position of executive vice chairman, effective November 30.


Voldstad is one of the pioneers of the derivatives industry, having helped build JPMorgan’s global interest rate swap group in the 1980s before moving to Merrill Lynch in 1988, where he was a member of the oversight committee responsible for liquidating Long term capital management in 1998. It’s believed that he was approached by the ISDA board to take up the position, and that no other candidate was considered for the role.


Pickel, who became CEO in 2001 after three years as ISDA’s legal counsel, will be more involved with strategic initiatives focusing on public policy and legal and documentation issues. Volstad, 59, will be more involved with the day-to-day aspects of running the association.


``The augmentation of our leadership will allow us to redouble our efforts,’’ Eraj Shirvani, ISDA chairman, told reporters on a conference call on Friday November 20. ``We welcome Connie’s experience to the board, and his appointment will free up Bob to take up strategic initiatives we’ve been talking about for sometime.’’




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