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Leo Melamed, Chairman Emeritus

Leo Melamed

Mr. Melamed is the founder of financial futures. He led in the creation of our FX, interest rate, and stock index futures contracts. He served as CME Chairman of the board from 1968 until 1973 and upon founding of the International Monetary Market (IMM) as its Chairman from 1972 until its merger with the CME in 1976 and then as Chairman of the merged exchange until 1977. He has served as CME Chairman Emeritus since 1997 and Chairman of our Strategic Steering Committee since 2001. Mr. Melamed led the CME in the role of Special Counsel to our board from 1977 to 1985 and then in the role of Chairman of its Executive Committee from 1985 until 1991. He was instrumental in the creation and launch of the Globex transaction system and served as its founding chairman in 1992. From 1993 to 2001, he served as Chairman and CEO of Sakura Dellsher, Inc., a former clearing firm of CME, and currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Melamed & Associates, a global consulting group. He is founder and a permanent special advisor to the National Futures Association, and an Advisor of the International Advisory Council of the CSRC in China. He serves on the board of overseers of the Becker Friedman Institute of the University of Chicago. Mr. Melamed serves as a director of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and as Sr. Advisor to LEAP Innovations. Mr. Melamed is a published author of a number of books pertaining to markets and the history of CME Group.