The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) today announced two new members of its Board of Directors: Mike Nowak, Chief Financial Officer at ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago LLC (AACC), and Rob Hocking, Senior Vice President, Head of Multi-Asset Solutions and Derivatives Strategy for Cboe Global Markets.

“Adding Mike and Rob to OCC’s Board of Directors further strengthens our resiliency and our ability to ensure confidence in the financial markets,” said Craig Donohue, OCC Executive Chairman. “Their invaluable experience and insight will support our continued efforts to bring operational excellence, growth and innovation to our participant exchanges, clearing member firms and the broader economy.”

Mike Nowak

As Chief Financial Officer for AACC, Nowak oversees day-to-day management of liquidity, capital, balance sheet and regulatory reporting. Now a 20-year industry veteran, Nowak started his career with O’Connor & Company on the agricultural trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, and he then transitioned to a commodities broker with Fortis Clearing Americas LLC (formerly O’Connor & Company).

He was later appointed as Chief Operations Officer following multiple roles in operations. Nowak has also been involved in several committees and working groups with DTC, FINRA, CME, FIA and other organizations.

Rob Hocking

Hocking leads the strategic vision for Cboe Global Markets’ derivatives ecosystem as Senior Vice President, Head of Multi-Asset Solutions and Derivatives Strategy. Managing Cboe’s product innovation arm, he oversees the team focused on the proprietary product franchise; derivatives microstructure; and next-generation risk-transfer products, tools and education.

He was previously a Cboe Options Exchange member and trading permit holder for more than 18 years. Prior to joining Cboe, he was Global Head of Equity Volatility Trading at DRW Trading in Chicago.

Nowak and Hocking fill vacancies left in May and July 2021, respectively.