Nyse Euronext (NYX), the world's most diverse exchange group, today appointed Walter Lukken to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Global Market Structure, Office of the General Counsel.
Mr. Lukken, Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as well as Acting Chairman of the Commission from June 27, 2007 until Jan. 20, 2009, will join NYSE Euronext on July 13, 2009. He will focus on global market structure, including the company's expansion in U.S. derivatives markets. Mr. Lukken will report to John K. Halvey, General Counsel and Group Executive Vice President.
"Walt is an outstanding professional who brings exceptional legal, regulatory and industry experience to NYSE Euronext as we further our diversification into U.S. derivatives," said Duncan L. Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer, NYSE Euronext. "On behalf of my colleagues, I welcome Walt to NYSE Euronext and look forward to his contributions to our strategic objectives and growth."
Mr. Halvey added, "Walt adds great experience and depth to our legal team. This is especially important given the changing landscape in U.S. derivatives and the opportunity ahead for NYSE Euronext."
"I am thrilled to be joining such a world-class organization as NYSE Euronext," Mr. Lukken said. "I want to thank Duncan and John for this tremendous opportunity and I look forward to utilizing my 12 years of experience in the futures and derivatives markets to help NYSE Euronext grow their global derivatives and equities platforms."
About Walter Lukken
Walter Lukken was first appointed Commissioner in 2002 and is currently serving his second term due to expire in 2010. He served as Acting Chairman of the Commission from June 27, 2007 until Jan. 20, 2009. Commissioner Lukken has testified numerous times before Congress and has represented the agency as part of the President's Working Group on Financial Markets. He also has represented the Commission before international organizations and forums, including the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR). Commissioner Lukken served as the first chairman of the CFTC's Energy Markets Advisory Committee, which was created in February 2008 to address the timely and critical regulatory issues connected to the role of the futures markets for discovering prices and managing energy price risks. He also served as chairman of the CFTC's Global Markets Advisory Committee (GMAC) from October 2003 through January 2008. The GMAC provides an industry forum in which it can discuss the many complex and novel issues raised by the ever-increasing globalization of futures markets. Prior to joining the CFTC, Commissioner Lukken served for five years as counsel on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee under Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN), specializing in futures and derivatives markets. A native of Richmond, Indiana, he received his B.S. degree in finance with honors from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and his Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Commissioner Lukken is a member of the Illinois Bar.