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E*TRADE promotes Mike Pizzi to Chief Executive Officer

By Christian Wylonis
Mike Pizzi
Image credit: Mike Pizzi, Chief Executive Officer at E*Trade

E-TRADE has announced that Chief Operating Officer Michael A. Pizzi will assume the Chief Executive Officer role after Karl Roessner advised the Company of his decision to leave, following 10 years of service. Roessner has agreed to serve in an advisory capacity through year end to assist with the transition

In a statement, Rodger A. Lawson, Chairman of the Board of E-TRADE Financial, said: “Karl steadfastly served our Company through some of its most turbulent times, guiding it into the thriving institution it is today, which is in no small part due to his positive influence and passion for E-TRADE. Under Karl’s watch we have energized our business, improved the pace of growth, and delivered significant value to our shareholders. On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to have worked alongside Karl these past years. I am grateful for his service to our firm, and I wish him the very best.”

Pizzi has been with E-TRADE since 2003 and has served in several executive roles including the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Risk Officer. Prior to these he served in a variety of leadership positions including the Corporate and bank Treasurer. He also previously held various positions in the portfolio management and derivatives functions at E-TRADE. Before joining E-TRADE, Mr. Pizzi worked in asset/liability management at both Lehman Brothers and First Maryland Bank, as well as in capital markets research for the Federal Reserve Board.

“We are tremendously fortunate that in Mike we have an executive with the experience, institutional knowledge, and leadership skills to assume the CEO role,” continued Mr. Lawson. “Mike has long been an outstanding executive and it is a testament to our disciplined planning that we are able to seamlessly elevate him to lead the Company. Mike is one of the finest minds in the business. With his track record of delivering operational excellence, his unwavering focus on value creation, and his truly collaborative nature—coupled with an exceptionally strong executive team—I look forward to all we will accomplish under his leadership.”

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