Former director of the AEX Optiebeurs, Alan van Griethuysen, joined the alternative derivative exchange TOM. The news was announced today by the Twitter account of @TheOrderMachine. Usually a rather slow and dull twitter account – TOM is as internet savvy as my grandmother – but this time they brought some news. In their hurry they even posted his cell phone number. Not too smart, they didn’t even bother to take the unblurred screenshot offline.
Alan van Griethuysen started to work for the AEX Optiebeurs from November 1979, when the famous Tjerk Westerterp was still at the helm. Van Griethuysen became the director of the AEX Optiebeurs in the 2000, and was executive director at Euronext Liffe. The exchange became an international political battlefield, and he lost his job in 2012. Working for three decades at the derivative exchange, and excellent in maintaining his network : he knows everybody in the business.
Anyway – from now on he’ll be working for TOM as freelancer on business development. Good catch for TOM, as they certainly could use some more knowledge of running a derivative exchange. Copy/paste every press release from Euronext Liffe is definitely cheap, but can’t be considered the most viable business model. Maybe we’ll even witness new option products on TOM.