Julie Winkler is chief commercial officer at the CME Group, leading product development, data services, data science and analytics as well as the company's innovation lab. She was appointed to that position on December 9, 2016, reporting to CME Group Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Terry Duffy.
Winkler is a member of the CME Group’s Management Team, Diversity & Inclusion Executive Committee and ESG Working Group responsible for the strategy and execution of the CME’s ESG efforts. She also serves as the executive sponsor of two employee resource groups at CME Group on sustainability and the women’s network.
She currently serves on the board of directors for S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Valparaiso University and Women in Financial Markets, formerly Women in Derivatives. 
Previously, she was senior managing director, research and product development at CME Group, where she led a team that monitored the derivatives markets and identified risks and opportunities. She served as managing director before being promoted to senior managing director in 2014.
Winkler was vice president for product development at the Chicago Board of Trade prior to its acquisition by the CME Group in 2007. She joined the CBOT in 1996 as a staff investigator in the Office of Investigations and Audits, and shifted to business development in 1998. She was promoted to vice president at the CBOT in 2004, after having served in other positions the previous eight years, serving as managing director of business development and business operations manager.
As vice president for product development at the CBOT, Winkler had management responsibility for financial product research and development, market data services, market training and education, corporate strategy, and business development administration.
Winkler holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Valparaiso University, where she was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. In 2005, Winkler was honored with the Outstanding Young Alumna/us Award by the Valparaiso Alumni Association.
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Einstein's definition of insanity was repeating the same task over and over and expecting a different result each time. Julie Winkler of CME Group explains how innovation in the financial industry must also avoid repeating the same process over and over again in order to create change. Winkler defines innovation and gives examples of how companies like CME Group have been pioneers in their field. She also discusses designing successful new products and how innovation can start at the internship level.
In this video of JLN’s annual series with industry leaders, CME Chief Commercial Officer Julie Winkler talks about the successful return of the Russell 2000 suite of products (CME’s largest sales campaign to date), the launch of bitcoin futures, the upcoming launch of the exchange’s Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) futures and the continuing issues with the leverage ratio.
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