Chief Executive Officer, Tradeweb Markets Inc.
Lee Olesky is cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Tradeweb Markets and serves on the board of directors. He has nearly 30 years of experience in managing financial technology and investment banking companies. In a career highlighted by innovation and the successful creation and management of two multi-billion dollar global financial technology firms, Olesky has played a key role in the evolution of electronic trading in fixed income and derivatives. He currently serves on the CFTC's Technology Advisory Committee, in addition to providing governments and regulatory entities worldwide with insight into e-trading and financial technology.
Prior to Tradeweb, Olesky worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in a variety of management positions, ultimately as Chief Operating Officer for the Fixed Income Americas division. He was then cofounder and CEO of BrokerTec, a successful electronic brokerage platform that was sold to Icap in 2002. Olesky rejoined Tradeweb in London that same year as President, driving the company's expansion into Europe, global derivatives, ETFs and credit markets. He then deployed Tradeweb into Asia, opening offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. Olesky became CEO in 2008 and has led the company over the last 16 years to growth of over $550 million in annual revenue with global employee ranks (or count) rising to more than 900 today.
Olesky was instrumental in the sale of the company to the Thomson Corporation in 2004, now Refinitiv, and in securing new investments from leading banks four years later. The company also made several key acquisitions over time, including LeverTrade in 2006 to expand into retail fixed income and Hilliard Farber & Co. in 2008 to enter the wholesale market. These preceded the launch of Tradeweb Retail and Dealerweb, which later acquired the brokerage assets of Rafferty Capital Markets in 2011. In 2013, Olesky oversaw the purchase of BondDesk Group LLC to create Tradeweb Direct, now the largest electronic marketplace for retail fixed income trading, and the acquisition of CodeStreet in 2016. Olesky also led Tradeweb in 2017 to provide streamlined, electronic access to China, the third largest bond market in the world through China Bond Connect, opening Tradeweb’s Shanghai office.
Olesky has been named one of the "Top Global Executives and Innovators in Financial Technology" by Institutional Investor twelve times, and received the BritishAmerican Business Entrepreneurial Award in 2016. He has served on a variety of both private and public company boards and currently serves on the boards of Tradeweb and Credit Benchmark. He previously served on the board of Habitat for Humanity NYC.
Olesky has a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University, the National Law Center in Washington D.C., and was a member of the New York Bar. He has a B.A. from Tulane University; and he attended University College in London. He has lectured at leading academic institutions, including the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Cambridge University, England, and University of California, Berkeley business schools.DOWNLOAD PDF get_app