Aqua, the new electronic equities trading platform that will be launched later this year by eSpeed, has appointed Brian Weston as chief technology officer (CTO).
Weston was most recently senior vice president of new markets development at eSpeed.
Prior to this he served as global development manager for Bloomberg, focusing on the Tradebook, AutoEx, Message and API products. In this capacity he was the lead designer, architect and implementer for Bloomberg Tradebook's Global Tradebook.
Weston has also worked at Goldman Sachs where he designed and co-developed OMNI, an object-oriented currency and commodities derivatives middle office system. Prior to this he worked at DE Shaw where he developed back office systems.
Both eSpeed and Cantor Fitzgerald are contributing financial, professiona, and technology assets to Aqua, which is headed by former eSpeed president Kevin Foley.
Commenting on Weston's appointment Foley says: "Brian's challenge will be to develop technology that makes it safe and convenient to trade blocks again, to find liquidity for your large order whether the other side of your trade is an institution, a broker or even a hedge fund.
"Innovative, proprietary liquidity-seeking technology that is simple and easy to use is an important driver in our block equity electronic trading model."
Last month Aqua named Andrew Fishkind as global head of sales.