John F. Benjamin

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John Benjamin was an executive vice president of Salomon Smith Barney. He died on April 20, 2020.[1]


John Benjamin spent 40 years in the futures industry and played a leading role as a bridge between the Wall Street investment banks and the Chicago exchange community. During his career at Smith Barney Shearson, he rose to managing director, responsible for its institutional futures and options operations in Chicago.

He started at Uhlmann Grain, and later worked for H. Hentz & Co. and Drexel Burnham.

He was a director of the FIA from 1986 to 1992 and for many years thereafter provided advice to the FIA board. Benjamin served as chair of both the FIA Futures & Options Expo and International Futures Industry Conference steering committees and contributed to the growth of both events.

Benjamin served in a number of positions at the Chicago exchanges, including as director at the Chicago Board of Trade, chairman of the CBOT’s FCM Committee, and a director of the Globex Corporation.

In 2006, Benjamin was inducted into the Futures Industry Association's Futures Hall of Fame, which was established in 2005 to commemorate outstanding contributions to the global futures and options community.[2]


Benjamin attended North Shore Country Day School from kindergarten through 10th grade, Then, he finished his final two years of high school at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.

He attended Yale University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.