Richard G. DuFour

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Richard G. DuFour
Occupation Former Executive Vice President
Employer CBOE
Location Chicago, IL

Richard DuFour is a retired equity options exchange executive. He was the executive vice president of Chicago Board Options Exchange and retired at the end of 2013 after 33 years with CBOE. His responsibilities included strategic planning, research, product development, international relations and the joint venture for trading single-stock futures.


In previous positions at CBOE, DuFour spearheaded the planning and development of a new trading facility (1980-1984), established The Options Institute (1985) and was responsible for the exchange’s marketing and business development activities (1987-1989).

Before joining the CBOE in 1980, DuFour spent several years in management consulting where he conducted and supervised a wide range of assignments. Areas in which he has conducted studies include strategy development, organizational analysis, financial feasibility, mergers, facilities planning and management information systems. From 1976 to 1980, he was responsible for a $125-million expansion program at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, a major university medical center in Chicago. While affiliated with Rush Medical Center, he held an appointment as an assistant professor in Health Systems Management and authored a number of articles on the future of the health care industry.


DuFour served on several boards including OneChicago, LLP; the Lincoln Park Renewal Corporation; and the International Options Markets Association (IOMA). He was on the Working Committee of the World Federation of Exchanges and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.


DuFour holds a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He did post-graduate work at the University of Michigan in Asian studies.[1]