BGC Partners names Robert West CFO

Source: BGC Partners

BGC Partners (BGC), a leading inter-dealer broker providing integrated voice and electronic execution and other brokerage services to banks, brokerage houses and investment banks worldwide, announced that Robert K. West has been named Chief Financial Officer.

Mr West brings to BGC over 25 years of experience in the global financial markets, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Thomas Weisel Partners Group. He will report to Lee M. Amaitis, Chairman and Chief Executive of BGC, and be based in BGC's London office.

Mr West was responsible for financial management, controllership, and reporting at Thomas Weisel. Earlier, he served as Global Controller and Managing Director of Barclays Global Investors and in a number of increasingly senior positions at Salomon Smith Barney, including Controller of that firm's global equity business unit. Prior to joining Salomon Smith Barney, Mr West was a member of the audit staff of Deloitte & Touche LLP, focused on clients in the financial services industry.

Upon Mr. West's appointment, Douglas R. Barnard, who had served as both BGC's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., will concentrate solely on his role at Cantor. Mr. Amaitis said, "On behalf of the entire management team of BGC, I would like to extend our appreciation to Doug for his extensive contribution to BGC's finance function while maintaining his significant responsibilities with Cantor."

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