Prior to joining Sun Holdings, he headed his own firm, BWD Consulting, LLC after a sudden departure as chief executive officer of MF Global in March 2010 after 17 months at the top position at the firm.
Dan's resignation as CEO of MF Global startled the industry. He resigned as CEO and as a director for personal reasons on March 23, 2010 after being promoted to the position in October of 2008. He remained with the company through May 16, 2010, in an interim capacity to ease the transition of duties to Jon S. Corzine, the incoming CEO.
Dan was promoted to global chief operating officer and president on Sept. 11, 2008 after joining the brokerage firm as North American COO on June 12, 2008. Dan had been a special adviser to the CME Group from July 9, 2007, following the merger of the CME and the Chicago Board of Trade, where he served as president and CEO from Nov. 5, 2002.
Dan was elected to a two-year spot as a director for the Futures Industry Association (FIA) on March 11, 2009 at the FIA's annual meeting in Boca Raton, Fla. He also serves on the CFTC Global Markets Advisory Committee. 
Previously, as COO of North America for MF Global, Dan was responsible for MF Global's technology and operations, including the control environment and overall administration for all MF Global's North American operating entities. He also joined the company's executive management committee.
On March 10, 2008 Dan was nominated for a position on the board of directors of Penson Worldwide, Inc. Only a few months later, on June 20, 2008, Dan delivered notice of his resignation as a member of the board of directors of Penson Worldwide. It was noted that he had recently accepted the role of chief operating officer of North American operations for MF Global. Dan's resignation was said not to be due to any disagreement with Penson.
Dan joined the CBOT in July 2001 and served as executive vice president, where he oversaw the open-auction and screen-based business units, as well as product development and marketing initiatives. He was appointed president and CEO when David Vitale resigned from that position
Dan was instrumental in transforming the exchange from a member-owned organization through an initial public offering in 2005. He also helped lead the company through the sale of the exchange to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 2007, which ultimately led to the CME Group.
Before joining the CBOT, Dan was president and CEO of Cargill Investor Services, Inc.(CIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cargill, Inc., the U.S. agribusiness group. He assumed the leadership role in June 1998 having joined CIS in 1985, holding a variety of operational positions while in Chicago. In 1986, he was assigned to Cargill Investor Services, London as administrative manager responsible for all operational activities. In 1989, he was assigned to the CIS New York regional office as administrative manager, and subsequently was named CIS assistant vice president in October 1991 and vice president in June 1993. He became director of Cargill Investor Services (Singapore) Pty. Ltd. upon the company’s formation in November 1994, and continued in that position until April 1997. He returned to Chicago in June 1997 and served as vice president, global head of execution, a position to which he was appointed in April 1997.
Prior to joining Cargill, Dan worked with the National Futures Association and Schultz & Chez, LLP, a Chicago-based accountancy firm, from 1983 to 1985. He was elected to a three-year term as a governor of the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation (BOTCC), now The Clearing Corporation, in February 1999. He also served as first vice chairman of the BOTCC.
Dan is a member of the board of trustees for Fenwick High School, Oak Park, Illinois, and serves as a member of the board of regents for St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is also a member of The Executives Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago and Operation Hope Incorporated – regional board of directors.
Dan is an Eagle Scout and is a Midwestern board member of financial literacy nonprofit Operation Hope.
A native of Chicago, Dan received a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University.
- Bernard W. Dan - NFA ID 0254591
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- ↑ CFTC, Toothless Regulator, Looks to Take a Bite Out of Derivatives. Huffington Post.
- ↑ Four Senior Executives Named to DTCC Board of Directors. Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation via Business Wire.
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- ↑ MF Global Names Bernard W. Dan President and Global Chief Operating Officer. MF Global.
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- ↑ CBOT CEO’s Resignation Sets Tongues Wagging. Waters Magazine.
- ↑ Chicago Board of Trade Announces Reorganization of the Office of the President. Grainnet.
- ↑ Clearing Corp. embraces B2B. IT World.
- ↑ Cargill and Carr changing guards. Highbeam Research.
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- ↑ Bernard 'Bernie' Dan. Operation Hope.