Chris R. Concannon

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Chris Concannon
Occupation President and Chief Operating Officer
Employer Market Axess
Location New York, NY
Website Homepage

Christopher R. Concannon is president and chief operating officer at MarketAxess, which he joined in that role on January 22, 2019.[1]


He is the former president and chief operating officer of Cboe Global Markets. He departed the exchange on January 14, 2019.[2] [3] He was replaced at Cboe by Chris Isaacson.

He took over the roles in February 2017 upon Cboe's acquisition of Bats Global Markets, where he had been chief executive officer since March 31, 2015.[4][5]

Before joining Cboe, Concannon served as president of Bats, beginning on December 15, 2014. He is credited with leading Bats through its initial public offering in April 2016 and the sale of the company to CBOE.[6][7] and succeeded Joe Ratterman as CEO.

Concannon has nearly 20 years of experience as an exchange executive, regulator and industry participant. He played a major role in Bats' acquisition of Hotspot FX announced on January 16, 2015.

Prior to this position, Concannon was president and chief operating officer at Virtu Financial LLC, a proprietary trading firm formed by Vincent Viola, former chairman of NYMEX Holdings.[8] He joined Virtu in 2009, after resigning from his former position as executive vice president, Transaction Services U.S. at NASDAQ OMX on Apr. 30, 2009.[9][10] He spent six years at Nasdaq in that role.

He is an outspoken advocate for modern market structure and he has appeared before groups including The Options Industry Conference, the Security Traders Association, and the Investment Company Institute. He is a former attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Concannon joined NASDAQ as executive vice president in May 2003. As executive VP, he was responsible for the management and operation of the U.S. transaction services business, which includes The Nasdaq Stock Market and The NASDAQ Options Market, and was also in charge of the launch of Nasdaq OMX Europe. While at Nasdaq, he oversaw various acquisitions, including the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and the Boston Stock Exchange. He was also one of the lead executives involved in several clearing initiatives in 2009, which led to Nasdaq's currently managing eight clearing mechanisms, including International Derivatives Clearing Group and Nord Pool Clearing.[11]

During his tenure at Nasdaq, Concannon oversaw the 2006 integration of the Brut and Inet electronic communications networks (ECN) to form the basis for Nasdaq’s technology platform. Concannon joined Nasdaq in its purchase of Instinet, where he was president of its clearing unit.[12]

Before joining NASDAQ, Concannon was president of Instinet Clearing Services, Inc., where he managed the clearing and execution services business offered by Instinet Clearing. Before joining Instinet, he was special counsel and vice president of business development for the Island ECN.

From 1994 to 1997, Concannon was an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Division of Market Regulation before joining the law firm, Morgan, Lewis and Bockius.[13]

During this time, he specialized in the review and approval of rules of the various self-regulatory organizations, the regulation of securities underwriting, and the regulation of the clearance and settlement of securities transactions. He began his career with the American Stock Exchange, where he served as a legislative analyst from 1992-1995, lobbying Congress and the Administration on a variety of securities related issues.


Concannon received a B.A. from The Catholic University of America in 1989, an MBA from St. John's University in 1991, and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America in 1994. He is a member of the New York Bar, New Jersey Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.


In this video from JLN's annual series with industry leaders, Chris Concannon, Cboe’s President and COO, talks about complex order book functionality, the future of a crypto ecosystem at Cboe, how Cboe prepared for more technology migrations on its exchanges and more.


  1. Stock-Exchange Veteran Chris Concannon Moves to Bond Platform. Wall Street Journal.
  2. Cboe Global Markets Announces Changes to Management Team. CBOE.
  3. MarketAxess Names Chris Concannon as President and Chief Operating Officer. Nasdaq.
  4. BATS Global Markets Names Chris Concannon As CEO. The Wall Street Journal.
  5. Executive Biographies and Photos - Chris Concannon. CBOE.
  6. Exchange Operator Bats Names Virtu’s Concannon President. Bloomberg.
  7. BATS names Concannon new head. ISS-Mag.
  8. Chris Concannon to Leave Nasdaq. Advanced Trading.
  9. Concannon To Leave Nasdaq OMX, Take Post At Proprietary Firm. The Wall Street Journal.
  10. Nasdaq OMX Hires Eric Noll To Head Transaction Services.
  11. Nasdaq OMX loses key executive. The Financial Times.
  12. Transaction Services EVP Concannon To Leave Nasdaq. Securities Industry News.
  13. Christopher R. Concannon.