Hester Serafini is the president of ICE Clear Europe. She was named to that post in June 2020, after having been interim president since that February. She was previously president and chief operating officer of ICE Clear US, a role she had held starting in January 2017.
She joined ICE as COO in March 2016, with responsibility for managing the clearing house operations and interpreting and implementing regulatory changes. She took on the additional role of president of ICE Clear US on January 1, 2017 when Tom Hammond retired from the position.
Serafini joined ICE from J.P. Morgan, where she led the OTC clearing and intermediation business for credit, FX and rates derivatives in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before that, she was global head of credit prime brokerage and clearing for Deutsche Bank.
She began her career at Goldman Sachs, where she held several positions, including chief risk officer of the Equities Division, chief risk officer of Fixed Income Prime Brokerage and U.S. head of the Structured Equity-Linked Notes business.
She is a Dutch and Italian native who grew up in Luxembourg and speaks five languages.
Serafini holds a doctorate in mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University and has a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
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