Vincent Viola – President and Board Member
Mr. Viola is the former Chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in electronic trading. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Virtu Financial, an electronic trading firm. Mr. Viola started his career in the financial services industry on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange and rose to be Vice Chairman (1993-1996) and Chairman (2001-2004). Mr. Viola has launched a number of successful businesses during his career, including several electronic trading firms in the US and Europe and a regional banking group in Texas with over twenty branches. Mr. Viola graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1977. He later graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne, Infantry and Ranger Schools and served in the 101st Airborne Division. In 1983, he graduated from the New York Law School. Shortly after September 11, 2001, Viola was instrumental in founding the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, now in its sixth year of operation.
Douglas Cifu – Board Member
Douglas Cifu is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Virtu Financial. Prior to joining Virtu, Mr. Cifu was a Partner at Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (“Paul Weiss”). At Paul Weiss, Mr. Cifu served as a member of the Management Committee, Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department and co-head of the Private Equity Group. Highly regarded by peers, Mr. Cifu is recognized in Chambers USA and Legal 500 as a leading mergers and acquisitions lawyer for buyouts and private equity transactions. In 2006, Private Equity International included Mr. Cifu in its list of the 30 most influential lawyers currently working in global private equity, citing in particular his expertise in technology-driven sectors. He has also been recognized by Crain’s New York Business in its “Technology 100,” a listing of the top 100 persons working in technology in the New York area. Mr. Cifu completed his J.D. at Columbia Law School in 1990 and his B.A. from Columbia University in 1987 where he graduated magna cum laude.