Scott Gordon is a Chicago-based futures brokerage executive, exchange member and former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
He is the former chairman and CEO of Rosenthal Collins Group LLC, an independent futures clearing firm, and RCG Holdings. He served on an interim basis as vice chairman of the Rosenthal Collins Group LLC, a division of Marex Spectron, after that firm acquired RCG's customer business in January 2019.
He also serves as chairman of XF, LLC (formerly RCG Holdings), overseeing the wind-down of remaining operations following the sale of units of the holding company. He became an advisory council member in 2019 of Ascent Technologies Inc., which provides a cloud-based platform using artificial intelligence to help companies digitize and automate their regulatory risk and compliance programs.
His civic affiliations include current and recent positions on the boards of RefuSHE (formerly Heshima Kenya), the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Econ Illinois, and the YMCA of Greater Chicago.
From 1998 to 2002, Gordon was chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, elected by the board of directors. During his tenure he guided the CME through the development and execution of a strategic plan that transformed the exchange from a mutual membership organization to a for-profit stock corporation, the first U.S. financial exchange to take this step. In 2003, reports postulated that Gordon was ousted as CME chairman because he pushed electronic trading too hard.
Also at the CME, Gordon served as a member of the board of directors from 1982 to 2004. He was a member of the strategic planning committee at the CME that gave birth to Globex. He also served as treasurer of the CME Political Action Committee.
During his 40 year career in the futures industry, Gordon has been a trader, a floor broker, a clearing firm executive and an exchange official. From 1974 to 1983, he held various trading and management positions with Rosenthal & Co., (which later merged with Collins Commodities to become Rosenthal Collins) and from 1983 until 1988, he held similar positions at Dellsher Investment Company.
From 1989 to 2004 he served in senior executive roles with Tokyo-Mitsubishi Futures and its predecessor firms. He is a former member of the CME, as well as the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Gordon was a founding board member of OneChicago, and also served on the board and executive committee of the National Futures Association (NFA).
From 2018 to 2019, Gordon was a board member of the Futures Industry Association (FIA). He was a trustee of the Institute for Financial Markets and a member of the risk committee of ICE Clear U.S. 
Gordon received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, cum laude, from Union College in Schenectady, New York.
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