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NFA Board appoints Dan Roth new President and CEO
At its meeting in New York in November, NFA's Board of Directors appointed Daniel J. Roth to serve as NFA's President and CEO, effective January 1, 2003. Robert K. Wilmouth, NFA's President since its inception in 1982, will remain at the Association in an advisory capacity.
"NFA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year," said Wilmouth, "and I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the past two decades. But now is the time for new leadership and I believe the best man to lead the Association into its third decade is Dan Roth."
During the two decades of Wilmouth's presidency, NFA has grown from an untried, fledgling organization to an internationally respected model of self-regulation. Among its many achievements, NFA has established and enforced high standards of business conduct for every firm and individual that operates in the futures industry. NFA's arbitration program has become the dispute resolution of choice for investors and NFA Members. NFA's Background Affiliation Status Information Center (BASIC) has become the primary resource for registration and background information on every firm and individual in the futures industry.
"NFA's commitment to market integrity and customer protection have had a dramatic impact on the futures industry," said James Newsome, Chairman of the CFTC. "NFA's success is due in no small part to Bob Wilmouth's leadership, which I will personally miss. Bob is clearly one of the most respected individuals in the industry."
Dan Roth joined NFA in 1983 as an attorney and was subsequently promoted to Assistant General Counsel in 1985, to General Counsel and Secretary in 1987, to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2000 and to his current position in May of 2001. Prior to coming to NFA, Mr. Roth served as Assistant State's Attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, where he was a member of the Official Misconduct Task Force of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. Prior to that, Mr. Roth was an Associate Attorney in general litigation with the law firm of Sidley & Austin.
Mr. Roth holds a law degree from Loyola School of Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from the University of Notre Dame.
The Board also appointed Daniel Driscoll as NFA's Chief Operating Officer. Driscoll came to NFA in 1982 from the CFTC and served as Vice President of Compliance until 2000 when he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer.