Xavier Rolet joined the LSE Group Board on 16 March 2009 and became CEO on 20 May 2009.Prior to joining the London Stock Exchange, Xavier was Chief Executive Officer of Lehman Brothers in France from July 2007 to 7 January 2009. He was appointed a member of the Lehman Brothers’ European Operating Committee in 2003, having joined the firm in February 2000 in New York as deputy co-head of Global Equity Trading. In June 2000, he was promoted to co-head Global Equity Trading and in Oct 2001 transferred to London to take up the position of head of European and Asian Cash Equities, as well as becoming a member of the firm’s Global Investment Banking Operating Committee. In September 2003, Xavier was asked to lead the newly-created European Senior Client Relationship Management Group a role in which he focused on managing the firm's relationships with its most senior corporate and institutional clients across the region.Xavier started his career working for Robert E. Rubin on the International Arbitrage desk at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York in January 1984. In 1990, he was promoted to co-head of European Equity Sales and Trading at Goldman Sachs International Limited and moved to London. He joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1994 as global head of European Equities before moving to Dresdner Kleinwort Benson as global head of Risk and Trading, and deputy head of Global Equities in 1997.Xavier served as a Second Lieutenant and Instructor at the French Air Force Academy in 1981 prior to attending Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he gained an MBA in January 1984. He is also a 2008 graduate of the post-graduate Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale in Paris.Personal and business awards gained during both his professional and educational life include:1995 Institutional Investor Equity Research First team: Eastern Europe and Russia1995 IFR European Equity House of the Year Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International UnderstandingLehman Brothers’ Chairman’s Award for Extraordinary Client Service (2005, 2006, 2007)Lehman Brothers' President Award for Charity work (2007).Additionally, Xavier is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, FSCI(Hon) and a member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board of HM Treasury (FSTIB). He is a former chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group of the London Stock Exchange, a former member of Deutsche Börse’s London Equity Market Advisory Committee and Frankfurt Secondary Market Advisory Committee, and a former member of the Board of Euronext Paris (Conseil d'Orientation) and Nasdaq Europe.Xavier is also a former member of the European Securities Markets Expert Group of the European Commission, the French Government's Conseil Stratégique de l'Attractivité ("Strategic Council for Attractiveness"), a former Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in France and a former member of Chatham House in London.
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