Based in London, Howson oversees Cboe Europe’s operations, which provide market participants with trading and technology solutions for European equities, global FX and derivatives markets. 
Cboe Europe is one of the largest pan-European stock market and trade reporting facility operators, with venues in both the UK (Cboe UK) and the EU (Cboe NL). In July 2020 Cboe completed the acquisition of the European clearing house EuroCCP, a move that set the stage for a planned launch of Cboe Europe Derivatives, an Amsterdan-based futures and options market. That launch is expected in the first half of 2021, pending regulatory approval.
Previously, Howson was chief operating officer at Cboe Europe, beginning in 2013. He also was COO at BATS Global Markets Europe, overseeing Bats Europe’s software engineering, infrastructure and operational teams.
Before joining Bats Europe, Howson was chief technology officer at Equiduct Systems Ltd. He was one of the founders responsible for establishing Equiduct in 2006 as a pan-European market focusing on retail investors. Howson was in charge of designing and implementing the company’s technology platform and market structure and was responsible for technology strategy, market structure and post-trade services.
Prior to his work with Equiduct, Howson was solutions architect and principal consultant at Reuters Consulting. His work included implementing and integrating a pan-European equities trading platform for Nasdaq Europe, as well as the architecture and implementation of the Super Montage Hybrid trading system for Nasdaq Deutschland. Later, as principal consultant to the Nasdaq Stock Market based in the U.S., he managed the redesign and deployment of several Nasdaq Market Site systems. 
Howson graduated with first-class honors in Mathematics and Computer Science from Newcastle University in the UK.
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