Stephen Ponzio Joins BTIG as Head of Execution Strategy
New York – February 12, 2024 – BTIG announced today that Stephen Ponzio has joined the firm as Head of Execution Strategy. Mr. Ponzio will co-head the electronic trading division and be responsible for the development of BTIG’s new generation of algorithms. As Head of Execution Strategy, he will also be integral in new initiatives for the firm’s program trading and ETF market-making. He will be based in the firm’s New York office.
“We are thrilled to welcome Stephen to BTIG,” said Thomas Smykowski, Head of Systematic Trading at BTIG. “His expertise in algorithmic trading and strategic management will strengthen our Global Portfolio and Electronic Trading team and will enable us to enhance processes and provide optimal solutions for our clients.”
Mr. Ponzio brings to the firm twenty years of experience in equity trading, on both the sell-side and the buy-side. Prior to joining BTIG, he ran electronic trading at Millennium, where he designed the platform to be more systematic, automated, and data-driven. Previously, Mr. Ponzio was a Director at Citi, where he built Citi’s US trading algorithms and systematized risk pricing on Citi’s Cash Trading Desk.
“BTIG continues to seek leaders that will advance our teams and enrich our product offerings,” said Christopher Rollins, Co-Head of Securities at BTIG. “We are excited about the expertise that Stephen brings to the firm as we continue to architect strategic initiatives that improve our efficiency.”
BTIG’s Electronic Trading business provides clients with intelligent electronic trading tools and an unbiased approach to low-touch execution. The firm’s platform delivers access to liquidity, transparency and flexibility for clients located around the globe. BTIG combines advanced technology with high-touch service to deliver highly effective electronic trading solutions.
BTIG is a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking, research and related brokerage services. With an extensive global footprint and more than 700 employees, BTIG, LLC and its affiliates operate out of 20 cities throughout the U.S., and in Europe, Asia and Australia. BTIG offers execution, expertise and insights for equities, equity derivatives, ETFs and fixed income, currency and commodities. The firm’s core capabilities include global execution, portfolio, electronic and outsource trading, investment banking, prime brokerage, capital introduction, corporate access, research and strategy, commission management and more.