Speaker Bios

David Howson

Chief Operating Officer, Cboe Europe

David Howson is Chief Operating Officer at Cboe Europe, overseeing the company’s software engineering, infrastructure and operational teams. Mr. Howson was Chief Operating Officer of Bats Europe since 2013, which was acquired by Cboe Global Markets in February 2017. He brings more than 20 years of experience in European and North American financial markets technology to the company. 

Most recently, Mr. Howson was chief technology officer at Equiduct Systems Ltd., where he was one of the founders responsible for establishing Equiduct in 2006 as a pan-European Regulated Market. Mr. 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, Mr. 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. 

He graduated with first-class honours in Mathematics and Computer Science from Newcastle University.