Laurence R. O’Connell is a futures industry professional.
He was formerly was Managing Director of Asia Pacific for MF Global Ltd. He was responsible for overseeing operations in India, Dubai, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong. O’Connell is a member of the EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Research Centre’s International Advisory Board. 
Prior to MF Global’s IPO in July 2007, O’Connell served as Chief Executive Officer of Asia for Man Financial and Chief Operating Officer for Man Investments Ltd., the Man Group plc’s asset management division. Before joining Man Group in 2002, O’Connell served as Chief Financial Officer of the global equity capital markets business of Credit Suisse First Boston, Director of Operations of the corporate broking division of Barclays de Zoete Wedd and Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Transcontinental Services NV and Chief Accountant of its predecessor company, Esperanza International Services plc.
O'Connell graduated with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University in 1978.