David Howson

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David Howson
Occupation Chief Operating Officer, Bats Europe
Employer BATS Global Markets
Location London
LinkedIn Profile
Website www.batstrading.com

David Howson is chief operating officer of Cboe Global Markets.

He was also COO with BATS Global Markets Europe, starting in June 2013 overseeing Bats Europe’s software engineering, infrastructure and operational teams. He reports to CEO Mark Hemsley.[1]

Howson is set to become president of Cboe Global Markets Europe in February 2020, replacing Hemsley.[2]


Before joining Bats Europe, 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 market focusing on retail investors. He was in charge of designing and implementing the company’s technology platform and market structure and was responsible for technology strategy, market structure and post-trade services.



  1. Bats Europe names Equiduct's Howson COO. Finextra.
  2. Cboe Europe President Hemsley to retire. Reuters.