Thomas Ascher

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Thomas Ascher
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Occupation Chief Strategy Officer
Employer International Securities Exchange
Location New York, NY USA
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Thomas Ascher was the chief strategy officer and head of the corporate initiatives division of International Securities Exchange from 2005 until the exchange was acquired by Nasdaq in June 2016.[1][2] In that role, he was responsible for identifying, analyzing and instituting businesses that may provide ISE with growth opportunities. The corporate initiatives division manages ISE’s new business development, including strategic planning.[3] In his role at ISE, Ascher also served as a director at Hanweck Associates, where he led ISE's investment in that firm.

From 2013 to 2016, he also served as president and CEO at Longitude LLC.


Before joining ISE, Ascher served as CEO of Nasdaq-Liffe Markets (NQLX), one of two single stock futures exchanges.[4][5]

Before NQLX Ascher served as an executive vice president of Interactive Brokers LLC, part of the Interactive Brokers Group LLC. He was a member of Interactive Brokers’ steering committee and oversaw the company’s initiative to offer options linkage.[6]

He also has worked as an options market maker at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, where he served as vice chairman of the Board,[7] and chairman of the Executive Committee.

Additionally, Ascher served on the Options Clearing Corporation nominating committee (2001-2002), was a trustee on the Cincinnati Stock Exchange (1997-2001), and a member and committee chairman of the Economic Club of Chicago.[8]

Before 1986, Ascher was with the Pillsbury Company in New York, where he traded spot and forward cash market commodities from 1984 to 1986.[9]


He is a graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota.[10] Ascher also attended University de Pau, Pau, France.[11]


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  2. The International Securities Exchange (ISE) is Now Part of Nasdaq. Nasdaq.
  3. Thomas Ascher. Futures Industry Association.
  4. Nasdaq Liffe Markets names Thomas Ascher CEO. Finextra.
  5. Tom Ascher Resigns as CEO of NQLX; Fitzsimmons named CEO, Fay named EVP; NQLX Continues. John Lothian News.
  6. Thomas Ascher. Futures Industry Association.
  7. Thomas A. Ascher Assumes Post as CBOE Vice Chairman. Highbeam Research.
  8. Thomas Ascher. Futures Industry Association.
  9. Thomas A. Ascher Re-elected as Vice Chairman at CBOE. CBOE.
  10. ISE Appoints Thomas Ascher Chief Strategy Officer. Mondovision.
  11. Thomas Ascher. Futures Industry Association.