Chief Executive Officer
Lee Olesky is cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Tradeweb Markets. He has more than 25 years of experience in managing financial technology and investment banking companies. In a career highlighted by innovation and the successful creation 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 worldwide with insight into the evolution of electronic trading and financial technology.
Prior to Tradeweb, Olesky worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in a variety of management positions, and ultimately as Chief Operating Officer for the Fixed Income Americas division. He was then founder and CEO of BrokerTec, a successful electronic brokerage platform, which was sold to Icap in 2002. Olesky rejoined Tradeweb that same year as President, and was based in London to spearhead the company's expansion internationally and in derivatives markets. Olesky became CEO in 2008, and since returning to the firm 15 years ago, has led the Company to growth of over $500 million in annual revenue and more than a 30 fold increase in market value.
In addition to organic growth of the business during Olesky's tenure, he was also instrumental in the sale of the company to the Thomson Corporation in 2004, now Thomson Reuters, and new investment from leading banks four years later. The company also made several key acquisitions over time, including Tradeweb's entrance into retail fixed income with the purchase of LeverTrade in 2006, and expansion into inter-dealer trading with the acquisition of Hilliard Farber & Co. in 2008. This led to the launch of Tradeweb Retail and Dealerweb, an electronic inter-dealer marketplace that also acquired the brokerage assets of Rafferty Capital Markets in 2011. In 2013, Olesky oversaw the acquisition of BondDesk Group LLC to create Tradeweb Direct, the retail fixed income sector's leading electronic marketplace, and the acquisition of CodeStreet in 2016 to support data driven trade identification for corporate bonds.
Olesky has been named one of the "Top Global Executives and Innovators in Financial Technology" by Institutional Investor magazine ten 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.