Virtu appoints Akiko Imai as Global Head of New Sales

Maria Nikolova

In her new capacity, Akiko Imai will organize and execute sales plans focused on acquiring new clients across Virtu’s multi-asset platform of products and regions.

Virtu Financial Inc (NASDAQ:VIRT) today announced the appointment of Akiko Imai as Global Head of New Sales within Virtu Execution Services.

Stephen Cavoli, EVP & Global Head of Virtu Execution Services, explains: “In her new capacity, Akiko will organize and execute sales plans focused on acquiring new clients across our multi-asset platform of products and regions.”

In addition to New Sales, Ms Imai will lead global sales efforts for POSIT Alert, reporting directly to Brad Johmann, Global Head of Posit Alert, and Stephen Cavoli.

Ms Imai moved to Hong Kong to join ITG in 2013 as the first hire for POSIT Alert Asia-Pacific Sales & Coverage desk, progressing to become Head of POSIT Alert Asia-Pacific. She has built the business from scratch to an essential revenue stream, providing leadership for Virtu Asia-Pacific Business as a senior member of the firm.

Ms Imai has also worked closely with other teams to cross-sell products in the region, resulting in increased footprints particularly in Japan where, in the past, Virtu ITG had no presence.

Akiko Imai has a B.A. in Economics from Keio University and previously worked for Lehman Brothers and Nomura in Tokyo. She won the Rising Star Women in Finance Award in New York in 2018.

In connection with the transition to her new and expanded role, Ms Imai will join Virtu’s Global Management Committee.

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