Mary Lou Carrington

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Mary Lou Carrington

Mary Lou Carrington (d. March 2008) was well known in the international exchange community for many years, serving as marketing director and later business development director of LIFFE from 1985 to 1998. These were the formative years for the exchange, as it grew to become second largest derivatives exchange in the world during the period.[1]


Mary Lou Carrington was involved in more than just the exchange community, however. Active in the City of London for 30+ years, she formed CarringtonCrisp Ltd, a marketing consultancy that advises clients on branding and marketing strategy.

American-born and living in London with her husband and daughter, in September 2004 Carrington was elected common councilman for the Ward of Lime Street in the City of London and re-elected in March 2005 for a four-year term. She also was a member of the Policy and Resources Committee, the Markets Committee and the Finance Committee for the Court of Common Council and served on the Barbican Centre Committee as well as presiding as a governor of the City of London School.

From February 2002 she advised the City University on strategic marketing. She was responsible for the relaunch of City University Business School as Cass Business School, in its new £50 million building.

Prior Carrington was with Prudential Assurance plc, joining in October 1998 as new business director for corporate pensions business, and moved to Prudential Europe as their corporate business development director in November 1999.

Her first position in the City of London was with the London Branch of the First National Bank of Chicago (now J.P.Morgan Chase). Promoted to assistant vice president, Carrington was responsible for setting up the corporate advisory service in foreign exchange and money markets for the bank's treasury division.

Carrington's other associations included: trustee of Concordis International, a think-tank working in third world countries to provide research projects that facilitate reconciliation for peace; a freeman of the City of London; a liveryman and trustee of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers; and a middle warden of the Guild of Educators. In 2004 she was made a fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. She also was a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.


Mary Lou was educated at Ohio University, USA, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, where she received an MBA.


  1. Biography. Mary Lou Carrington.