R.J. O'Brien & Associates (RJO), the nation's oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm, announced that Jim Gabriele joins the firm today as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the firm’s holding company, RJO Holdings Corp. Gabriele, 45, has spent more than two decades in senior operational, financial, management and consulting roles for alternative investment and brokerage firms.
Gabriele, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), most recently served as a management consultant with Barrington Partners, a boutique consulting and investment banking firm. From 2009 to 2011 as Managing Director, he ran the U.S. office of Butterfield Fulcrum, a leading independent administrator for the alternative investment industry. Previously, he helped establish and led Caledonian Fund Services (USA) LLC, a venture between The Caledonian Group and The Gabriele Group that provided fund administration and tax consulting services to hedge funds and fund of funds.
He was Managing Director and CFO of ING's global derivatives clearing and execution business from 1993 to 2001. In addition to financial and management reporting for the firm's global business line and Futures Commission Merchant (FCM), Gabriele managed U.S. regulatory reporting.
Gerald Corcoran, RJO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: "I've known Jim for 15 years, and he has a proven track record of developing growth initiatives, achieving operational efficiencies and strategically managing the allocation of resources. We’re thrilled to have him on board."
Gabriele said: "With a proud history dating back nearly a century, RJO has grown significantly over the past couple of years while playing a leading role in addressing the many changes the industry is facing. I believe the firm is perfectly positioned to continue its growth as an industry leader, and I look forward to joining the strong management team and contributing to the success of the organization."
In his role as CFO of RJO Holdings, Gabriele will have ultimate responsibility for the Accounting and Treasury departments.
Gabriele co-founded the Midwest Chapter of the Hedge Funds Association (HFA) and served as its Director from 2009 to 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Chicago’s Loyola University.
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