NEW YORK (PRWEB) February 22, 2018
Today, the Healthy Markets Association announced the expansion of its Board of Directors and appointment of three new members, Stuart George, Don Pontes, Jr., and Ray Ross. The new board members are representatives of Healthy Markets members, Macquarie Investment Management, Americas; California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS); and Clearpool, respectively.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Stu, Don, and Ray, as each of them has an incredible level of practical trading experience and expertise,” said Tyler Gellasch, Executive Director of Healthy Markets. “This team will play a key role in guiding our organization forward, as we continue growing into a leading proactive voice for investors.”
The new board members join longtime Healthy Markets board members, Professor James Cox, Joe Engelhard, Dave Lauer, and Chris Nagy. Former board member Professor Robert J. Brown resigned to join the Public Company Oversight Accounting Board. “We thank Professor Brown for his many contributions to Healthy Markets and investors, and wish him the very best as he continues his work for investors in his new role,” said Gellasch.
“It’s often hard to find a good mix of trading, regulatory, and political expertise, but this team is a big win for Healthy Markets and investors,” said Chris Nagy.
“Being a longtime Head Equity Trader on the buy side, I know the importance of good governance and having a deep understanding of equity market regulations," said Stuart George. "Healthy Markets has an important role to play in adding transparency in an ever more complex market environment.”
“CalPERS greatly appreciates the opportunity to join the Healthy Markets’ Board of Directors," said Don Pontes, Jr. "We look forward to participating in the evolution of the organization’s agenda and ensuring that the top concerns of CalPERS and other public pensions are represented.”
“Healthy Markets and Clearpool are both passionate about the health and transparency of capital markets, therefore I am honored to join the Healthy Markets board," said Ray Ross. "I have tremendous respect for this organization, their members, and working group members and I look forward to helping advance Healthy Makrets’ commitment to protect investors, promote transparency and take a data-driven approach to market structure challenges.”
For more information about our new board members:
Stuart George is the Senior Vice President, Head of Equity Trading for Macquarie Investment Management, Americas. George is responsible for managing all aspects of the firm’s equity trading desk for the Americas. He currently trades small-, mid-, and large-capitalization growth and value stocks, while maintaining his management duties as head trader. Prior to joining Macquarie Investment Management (MIM), which includes the former Delaware Investments, in 1997, he was a senior equity trader at the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, where he was responsible for trading small-, mid-, and large-capitalization stocks, options, and currencies. George received a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from Franklin University, and he is a member of Trader Forum, Wall Street Friends, Buy-Side Equity Traders Roundtable, and former co-chairman of the Nasdaq Institutional Traders Advisory Council.
Don Pontes, Jr. is a CalPERS Investment Director and heads the Execution Services & Strategy team. Don has been a member of the CalPERS Investment Office for over 12 years. In his current role, he manages a 14-person team responsible for centralized cross-asset execution and coordinating the development and implementation of various plan-level initiatives, including multi-asset overlay strategies, securities lending, liquidity management, and CalPERS cross-asset regulatory agenda. Don previously managed CalPERS Global Equity Portfolio Implementation Team, where he was responsible for managing a 17-person team, consisting of Portfolio Management, Equity Trading, and the Affiliate Investment Program. Prior to joining CalPERS in 2005, Don worked at Barclays Global Investors (Blackrock) from 1998-2003 as an international equity Portfolio Manager and Equity Trader. Don earned a B.S. in Business/Finance from California State University, Sacramento and is a CFA charter holder. In 2016, Don completed the Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP) program at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Ray Ross is Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, and CTO of Clearpool Group. As the chief technical innovator and leader of operations for the company, Ray leads the creation and deployment of electronic trading technologies. Ray oversees all software development, network infrastructure, market connectivity, implementation and support. Ray has more than a decade of industry experience, rising to managing director at Knight Capital Group. While there, Ray was responsible for the technology behind Knight Direct, the firm’s electronic agency algorithmic and market access platform. Ray attended Trinity College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Upon graduating, Ray started his career as a software consultant at Tallan Inc., a technology and business process consulting service to enterprise and mid-sized companies.
About Healthy Markets
Healthy Markets is hosting its second annual Healthy Market Structure Conference this year on June 26, 27, 2018 in New York City. To learn more about it, please see our website.
Healthy Markets, which was founded in 2015, is an investor-focused not-for-profit coalition looking to educate market participants and promote data-driven reforms to market structure challenges. Our members, who range from a few billion to hundreds of billions of dollars in AUM, have come together behind one basic principle: Informed investors and policymakers are essential for healthy capital markets.