Ballista Appoints Donald Martocchio to Global
Head of Sales and Marketing
March 10, 2010 01:58 PM Eastern Time
CHICAGO & NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Ballista Securities LLC, operator of the Ballista
Alternative Trading System (ATS) for block options, announced today that Donald Martocchio has been appointed
Global Head of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Martocchio will report directly to Mark Monahan, Ballista’s CEO, and
will start on March 22nd.
Prior to his appointment at Ballista, Mr. Martocchio was Co-Head of Sales for the Global Equity Division at the
Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. In this capacity, Mr. Martocchio worked on the integration and coordination of all
client sales activities across the domestic and international cash equity, equity derivatives, portfolio trading, risk
arbitrage, prime brokerage, and broker dealer/investment advisor services product areas. Also during Mr.
Martocchio’s 14-year tenure at Bear Stearns, he served as the Global Head of Sales for Structured Equity
Products, helping to found the group. Furthermore, as a Principal of Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc.’s Synthetic Equity
Group, Mr. Martocchio was responsible for designing and marketing of synthetic equity products in North America.
“Don has a great track record for growing equity derivatives businesses,” said Mark Monahan, Ballista’s CEO. “We
are very pleased to have Don leading our commercial efforts and continuing our impressive expansion.”
An anonymous, automated and rules-based options trading platform, the Ballista ATS offers traders standardization
of order-entry for complex order types, user-defined trading filters to manage workflow, and advanced negotiation
capability. On June 9 of 2009, Ballista Securities closed a funding round with strategic investors: International
Securities Exchange, Knight Capital Group, Morgan Stanley and Susquehanna Growth Equity, LLP. Ballista, which
received its FINRA membership in August 2008, began live trading on Ballista ATS on October 28, 2008.