Steven Crutchfield

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Steven Crutchfield
Occupation Head of Market Structure
Employer Chicago Trading Company
Location New York
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Steven Crutchfield is an options industry professional who is currently head of market structure at Chicago Trading Company. He previously served as an executive vice president of InterContinentalExchange as head of options, ETPs and bonds.

Before NYSE's acquisition by ICE, he was chief executive officer of NYSE Euronext’s two U.S. options exchanges, NYSE Amex Options and NYSE Arca Options.[1] He became the sole head of the two options exchanges in September of 2012 as part of a restructuring in which Paul Finnegan, formerly co-CEO of NYSE Arca Options departed, and Amy Farnstrom, also formerly co-CEO at NYSE Arca Options, left that position while staying on with the company.[2]

Previously, Crutchfield was head of NYSE Amex Options. [3][4][5][6]

Crutchfield was selected by Crain's NY Business for its "40 Under 40” Award - Class of 2012. The list recognizes 40 of New York’s business leaders from across diverse industries who have achieved a high level of success in their fields. [7]


Crutchfield was previously chief operating officer at Matlock Capital LLC (founded by Blair Hull) where he supervised all trading, quantitative research and systems work from 2004 through 2009. At Matlock, he focused on the development and implementation of fully-automated options, equities, and futures strategies with an emphasis on high-frequency trading, volatility forecasting and market making.

Before joining Matlock, Crutchfield was managing director of the research and development group at Botta Capital Management. There, he oversaw the development of trading models and technology for both internal and external use, including an index volatility arbitrage model and an options portfolio management system still in use today. Before that, he launched and directed Botta’s off-floor options trading desk and its equity risk arbitrage business.


Crutchfield holds a masters of business administration in econometrics and analytic finance from the University of Chicago, an masters of science in computer science from Stanford University, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.[8]

MarketsWiki World of Opportunity, 2014[edit]

Steve Crutchfield, EVP at Intercontinental Exchange – How to Build an Options Trading System (In Ten Minutes)
You’ve got to come up with some numbers that describe the universe based on data that fit that model.

Steve Crutchfield, Executive Vice President at Intercontinental Exchange, explains the three key components of building a trading system. Beginning with a brief history of the New York Stock Exchange, Crutchfield gives a glimpse of trading activity in its early stages and its evolution into today’s intricate electronic systems. Crutchfield emphasizes that looking at historical data and determining which numbers to pull out from it is a difficult problem to solve, among many other challenges in the trading world today.

John Lothian News Interviews[edit]

Steven Crutchfield of NYSE Discusses New Management Structure and Options Technology
Steven Crutchfield was named CEO of NYSE Euronext’s two U.S. options exchanges, NYSE Amex Options and NYSE Arca Options earlier this month. The move marks a new management strategy for NYSE’s options markets, which had been managed separately. Crutchfield spoke with John Lothian News editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about the new management structure, new initiatives for market makers and in risk management as well as dealing with lower options volumes this year. Published September 21, 2012.[9] Watch at

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