Global market maker Getgo announced two key appointments to its global operations. Robert Smith, who currently oversees Getco's Asian effort, has been named head of Europe. He will be based in London. Farid Moslehi has been named head of Asia.
He will assume Smith's current duties and will be based in Singapore. Moslehi is currently GETCO's chief risk officer. Commenting on the Smith appointment, Daniel Coleman, chief executive officer of GETCO, says, "Rob has demonstrated a successful track record of capitalizing on opportunities in complex and diverse markets. We look forward to him taking on this new role and believe he is the right person to lead the next phase of GETCO's European growth."
The firm opened its London office in 2004 and currently has more than 80 associates. Smith replaces Stephen Warr and John Mueller who were serving as interim co-heads of the London office. Both will assume new roles within the organization.
In terms of Moslehi's promotion, Colemans adds: "We have made tremendous strides in Asia over the past several years, expanding into different markets and cementing our position as a global firm. Farid's expertise will help us to build on that momentum and achieve even more."
The appointments are effective September 1 and subject to regulatory approval.
Smith has been the managing director for GETCO Asia since the Singapore office's inception in 2007. Previously he was the firm's chief technology officer from 2001-2007. Prior to joining GETCO, he was a senior quantitative research associate for Springfield & Company, a global fixed income trading firm.
Moslehi joined GETCO in 2005 and has served in a variety of capacities. Prior to serving as chief risk officer, he was a trader as well as a team leader in both data services and risk management. Before that, he was a trader with Bank One and First Chicago. Earlier in his career he held positions in technology, quantitative research and risk management at Lehman Brothers, CIBC and First Chicago.