R.J. O'Brien & Associates (RJO), the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States, announced that Julie M. DeMatteo, has joined the firm today and will serve as Managing Director, Asset Management. DeMatteo, 50, has nearly three decades of experience in futures across various disciplines, frequently involved in structuring products as well as supporting and creating alternative investment vehicles and asset management solutions for clients.
RJO Chairman & CEO Gerald Corcoran said: "Julie will be a terrific asset to the firm, helping us leverage our already strong managed futures offering and infrastructure by broadening the product partnerships, establishing new specialized products and lining up new distribution arms for the investment vehicles. This will be an important effort in our global growth strategy as we move forward."
DeMatteo said: "RJO already has in place the critical building blocks that most firms aspire to establish. Now, it’s a matter of taking that offering to market in a meaningful way and deploying the talented team in place to build on its history of success."
One area of focus will be to explore establishing new products focused on specialized areas, such as foreign exchange and commodities.
DeMatteo joins RJO from Barclays Capital Inc., where she served as Director, Prime Services since 2010. In that role, she was responsible for establishing and expanding the firm’s footprint in the managed futures sector, as well as working closely with the structured products group to create and market futures-linked products. As Executive Director of Business Development at AlphaMetrix LLC from 2008 to 2010, DeMatteo established and maintained relationships with distribution partners that included some of the world’s largest investment firms. She also identified and developed business opportunities geographically and by market sector and led the strategy for capturing new markets and distribution arms.
She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of UBS Managed Fund Services Inc. from 2005 to 2008, establishing the division and a team as well as platform to deliver specialized services to managed funds clients and partner with other UBS divisions to provide an integrated managed futures offering on a global basis.
From 1991 to 2005, she held senior legal and compliance positions with some of the world’s largest bank FCMs, including UBS Securities LLC as Executive Director, Legal and External Affairs – Exchange Traded Derivatives; ING (U.S.) Securities, Futures & Options, Inc. as Director of Legal and Compliance; and Bank of America Futures, Inc. as Vice President/Global Compliance Officer.
She began her career in the mid-1980s as a Senior Auditor at the Chicago Board of Trade and later Experienced Staff Auditor at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and served as Assistant Controller at Barnes & Company.
DeMatteo has been active on industry boards and committees throughout her career. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Eastern Illinois University and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University College of Law.
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