David Howson is President for Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe). David Howson oversees Cboe’s business lines globally, including equities, derivatives, global FX, data and access solutions, and listings, as well as derivatives strategy and The Options Institute. Howson leads Cboe’s global teams in operating a trusted, inclusive global marketplace, providing leading products, technology and data solutions that enable participants to define a sustainable financial future. Previously, Howson was Executive Vice President, President, Cboe Europe and Asia Pacific. Prior to that, he was President, Cboe Europe. Under his leadership,Cboe Europe became one of the largest pan-European stock market and trade reporting facility operators with venues in both the United Kingdom (Cboe UK) and the European Union (Cboe NL). Howson was instrumental to the launch of Cboe Europe Derivatives and plays a key role in Cboe’s acquisition strategy, execution and integration. Howson served as Chief Operating Officer of Cboe Europe from 2013 to January 2020, overseeing the company’s software engineering, infrastructure and operational teams. Previously, Howson was a founding member and Chief Technology Officer at Equiduct Systems Ltd., where he helped establish Equiduct as a pan-European Regulated Market. Howson spearheaded the design and implementation of the company’s technology platform and market structure and was responsible for technology strategy, market structure and post-trade services. Prior to Equiduct, Howson was solutions architect and principal consultant at Reuters Consulting. His work included implementing and integrating a pan-European equities trading platform for Nasdaq Europe, as well as the architecture and implementation of the Super Montage Hybrid trading system for Nasdaq Deutschland. Later, as principal consultant to the Nasdaq Stock Market based in the U.S., he managed the redesign and deployment of several Nasdaq Market Site systems.
Howson regularly shares his market structure expertise with various industry groups and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. In December 2019, he was appointed to the European Commission’s High Level Forum on Capital Markets Union.
In November 2020, he was also appointed to the Consultative Working Group of ESMA’s Secondary Markets Standing Committee for a three year-term, contributing to the development and analysis of regulatory frameworks governing Europe’s secondary securities markets.
He graduated with first-class honours in Mathematics and Computer Science from Newcastle University.