Pascal Bandelier is the Senior Managing Director, Head of Equities. He joined the Cantor Fitzgerald based in New York. Bandelier was the Head of Equity Execution Trading at Barclays, where he was responsible for the trading, sales trading, desk analyst and low-touch electronic businesses during his tenure at Barclays since 2013. Prior to Barclays, Bandelier was Head of TMT Cash Equity Trading, at Morgan Stanley, and Head of Cash Equity Trading & Risk at Nomura. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Bandelier worked at Barclays/Lehman Brothers. Bandelier graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.
Karen Laureano-Rikardsen is the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. Prior to joining Cantor, Laureano-Rikardsen held various senior communications and marketing roles at financial services firms, including CRT Capital Group, Credit Suisse and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Ms. Laureano-Rikardsen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of Maryland UC in Schwäbisch Gmünd Germany.
Paul M. Pion has served as Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Managing Director of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. (“Cantor”) since August 2010. Mr. Pion is also the Chief Financial Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald’s real estate business and CF Acquisition Company (SPAC). Mr. Pion previously served in numerous positions for Cantor including Global Director of Internal Audit from 2002 to 2010. Mr. Pion has been a director of Tower Bridge GP Limited since November 2010, BGC European GP Limited since January 2012 and was a director of BGC Brokers GP Limited from April 2012 until December 2019. Prior to joining Cantor, Mr. Pion served for approximately 14 years with the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche Pion holds Series 7 and 27 licenses and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. He received a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.
Nathaniel Stankard is Senior Advisor in the Office of the CEO at FINRA. Prior to joining FINRA, he worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for seven years. He was previously Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in what is now the Global Sustainable Finance Group, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Stankard received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Oberlin College and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Jonathan Sokobin is the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, oversees the Office of the Chief Economist at FINRA. Previously, Sokobin was Acting Deputy Director, leading the Research Center in the Office of Financial Research at the U.S. Treasury Department. Prior to joining the Treasury Department, he was Acting Director of the SEC’s Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation. Sokobin began his career as a member of the faculty of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He received his Ph.D. and MBA in finance from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Ohio State University.
Jessica Hopper is Executive Vice President and Head of Enforcement, responsible for FINRA’s disciplinary actions across the country. Prior to joining FINRA, she was part of Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc.’s Legal & Compliance team, where her responsibilities focused on retail sales compliance. Hopper holds a J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law and earned a B.A. from Hillsdale College.