Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award

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In August 2012 Steve Crutchfield was appointed the Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Options at NYSE Euronextin order to create a “more integrated and efficient operation”, and became CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of NYSE Amex Options LLC; all accomplished before he turned 40. He serves as the sole leader of the NYSE Euronext system. Steve manages relationships for all strategic NYSE Euronext clients, leads key business development initiatives, leads all media and industry engagement activities and provides strategic counsel to NYSE global executive management. Steve is a regular speaker at various U.S. and international conferences, and is featured on CNBC and Bloomberg T.V.

Taking a leading role in engaging members of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Steve provides counsel on regulatory issues facing all exchanges and their constituents in the context of the Dodd-Frank Act. His efforts are positively impacting global capital markets by ensuring liquidity during volatile economic conditions while mitigating the systemic risks outlined in Dodd-Frank using practical, common sense approaches.

In January 2012 Steve joined the Board of Directors for OCC, “the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization,” based in Chicago. At age 35 Steve was named to Crain’s New York Business “Forty Under 40” in 2012.

Steve exemplifies significant civic and community contributions with his fundraising involvement for St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, and his fundraising involvement and engagement with IMSA. In the fall of 2013 Steve hosted 2 alumni and donor events at the NYSE. One was an intimate gathering and the other was an alumni reception with almost 100 alumni in attendance.

Steve attended The Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 1997 with a dual B.S. with highest honors, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 1998 Steve attended Stanford University and received a M.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction. Steve’s final degree came from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he received a M.B.A. with High Honors, Econometrics and Statistics/Analytic Finance in 2009.

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