Erik Swanson

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Erik Swanson
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Occupation CEO
Employer Simplex Trading LLC
Location Chicago
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Website simplextrading.com

Erik Swanson is the chief executive officer of Simplex Trading LLC, a proprietary trading firm based in Chicago, Illinois.

Swanson began his career in trading at Simplex Trading in 2008, joining the firm straight out of college as a member of the trading team. He advanced through the ranks, becoming the head trader at Simplex Investments in 2011, where he led strategy development and oversaw the proprietary trading team.

In 2014, Swanson was appointed as the chief executive officer of Simplex Trading, a registered market maker in listed options.

Leadership at Simplex Trading[edit]

As CEO of Simplex Trading, Swanson's focus is to drive the firm's growth and expansion into new business lines.

Under Swanson's leadership, Simplex Trading has continued to emphasize innovation, automation, and data-driven analysis in its trading activities. The firm builds proprietary software to create and capitalize on financial opportunities, optimizes trading strategies for existing markets, and develops new strategies to capitalize on market opportunities.

Swanson has also been instrumental in expanding Simplex Trading's venture capital arm, partnering with Co-Founder Matt Gray and Head of Venture Capital Kate Kitto to source, evaluate, and manage investments in early-stage financial technology companies.

In an interview at the 2022 Options Industry Conference (OIC), Swanson discussed Simplex Trading's focus on technology and innovation, as well as the firm's commitment to providing liquidity and execution services to its partners.

Quotes[edit]

"Simplex gave me the room to make the most of my abilities and grow into a leader at the firm. We continue to do that for our employees today, empowering them to work on projects they find interesting and make a tangible difference to the firm."

Education[edit]

Swanson graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 2008. He also studied at the London School of Economics from 2006 to 2007.

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