Gerald F. Corcoran is the chairman and chief executive officer of futures brokerage and clearing firm R.J. O'Brien (RJO). He also serves as chairman of the Futures Industry Association (FIA). He was elected to that position by FIA's board on July 18, 2014, and will serve as chairman until the next board meeting in March 2015.
He has been a member of the FIA board since 2008, and served as vice chairman since March 2013. He is a member of the board of directors of FIA Global.
On December 8, 2011, Corcoran spoke on behalf of the Commodity Markets Council (CMC) and RJO at an MF Global hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. He made suggestions on how to better safeguard the futures industry, saying that trust had been "severely impaired" by the MF Global situation.
Corcoran was formerly the controller for the Chicago Sun-Times. He joined RJO in 1987 as the chief financial officer. In 1992, Corcoran was promoted to chief operating officer at the company. A former member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he served on several committees at the exchange. He is also a former governor of the Clearing Corporation.
Corcoran has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Loyola University (1973-75) and is a certified public accountant (CPA). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.
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