J. Christopher Giancarlo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in June. Chris was one of three new commissioners nominated to the five-member CFTC by President Barack Obama. Created in 1974, the CFTC’s mission is to protect market participants and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices and systematic risks related to derivatives, including futures and swaps. As a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the CFTC is currently writing rules to regulate the swaps marketplace. Since joining the CFTC, Chris delivered the keynote address at The Global Forum for Derivatives Markets at the 35th annual Burgenstock Conference in Geneva on September 24 and wrote a November 10 Financial Times opinion piece explaining how new rules meant to reform U.S. derivatives trading have instead fragmented global markets. Prior to his appointment, Chris had served as executive vice president of GFI Group since 2000.