Joe Ratterman is president and chief executive officer of BATS Global Markets, Inc. (BATS), one of the world’s largest securities market operators and the parent company of the BATS Exchanges, BATS Options and BATS Chi-X Europe. A market structure practitioner, he is a frequent panellist and presenter at industry conferences, and also opines on key topics, regulatory issues and other pertinent events via newsletters to the industry.
Under Mr. Ratterman’s direction, BATS is focused on market quality, reliability, transparency and fairness while delivering a high standard of customer service. Since he was named CEO in June 2007, BATS has become the third-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S., and BATS Chi-X Europe has become the largest pan-European stock market. In 2012, the latter was recognized as “Best Stock Exchange” in Europe by Financial News.
Since 2008, Mr. Ratterman has been continuously ranked by Institutional Investor as an industry leader on the magazine’s “Tech 50” and “Online Finance 40” lists. In 2010, he was one of the four national finalists in the Financial Services category for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award, celebrating the most influential and innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe. Also, BATS has repeatedly been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal through the “Champions of Business” and “Best Places to Work” awards programs. In addition to its Kansas City headquarters, the company also has offices in London and New York.
One of 13 individuals who founded BATS in 2005, his previous industry experience includes time as chief technology officer at Bridge Information Systems and Reuters, where he was employed from 1990 to 2002.
An accomplished water skier, rock climber, professional photographer, and instrument-rated commercial pilot, Mr. Ratterman holds a degree in mathematics and computer science from Central Missouri State University, as well as Series 7, 24, 27, 55 and 66 licenses. He is also a member of the Angel Flight Central Board of Directors.