Citadel is led by some of the most forward-thinking and experienced minds in the industry. We foster a culture of outperformance and opportunity.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Kenneth Griffin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel. A diverse financial institution, the Citadel group includes Citadel, an industry-leading alternative asset manager; Citadel Securities, one of the leading liquidity providers in America’s capital markets; and Citadel Technology, a solutions provider for investment management technology.
Mr. Griffin graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He is an active supporter of educational causes that drive community improvement, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Education Fund.
Within the business community, Mr. Griffin is a member of numerous organizations, including the World Economic Forum, G100 and the Economic Club of Chicago.
Mr. Griffin actively supports Chicago’s civic and cultural institutions. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for both the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The success of our business is driven by people with a relentless focus on superior research and analysis coupled with an exceptional ability to monetize investment ideas.
Chief Operating Officer
Gerald Beeson is Chief Operating Officer of Citadel. He is responsible for key corporate functions, including Treasury, Finance and Accounting, Human Capital Development, Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Global Distribution. Mr. Beeson is also a member of Citadel’s Portfolio Committee. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2008, Mr. Beeson served as Citadel’s Chief Financial Officer, a role he held since 2003. He joined Citadel in 1993 and was among the company’s first employees.
Mr. Beeson is currently a member of the Financial Markets Working Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Managed Funds Association and a five-year term on the Board of Directors for The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. He was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “Forty Under Forty” in 2007. Mr. Beeson is a Trustee at DePaul University, a member of the Board of Marist High School and an active supporter of the Big Shoulders Fund.
Mr. Beeson received his MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. Mr. Beeson is registered as a certified public accountant with the state of Illinois.
Our business depends on our strong teams. We bring together great people, supported by world-class infrastructure, to get results.
Chief Legal Officer
Adam Cooper is Chief Legal Officer of Citadel. He is responsible for overseeing Citadel’s global Legal, Compliance, Transaction Management and Regulatory Affairs functions. Mr. Cooper is a member of Citadel’s Portfolio Committee.
Prior to joining Citadel in 1999, he was a partner with the Chicago law firm of Katten Muchin & Zavis (now known as Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP) where he practiced for 12 years.
Mr. Cooper is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well as the Leadership Board of the Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness. He is also a member of the Financial Markets Working Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Buyside General Counsel Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mr. Cooper previously served two terms as Chairman of the Managed Funds Association, the industry’s trade association. He has testified before the Senate Banking and the Senate Agriculture Committees, the House of Lords and the European Central Banking Supervision Committee, and he is a frequent speaker on industry matters. Mr. Cooper also serves on the Northwestern University School of Law Board and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Founders’ Board.
Mr. Cooper received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
Excellence and expertise are givens. What differentiates our team is our effectiveness in applying our knowledge and insights to the day’s most challenging issues. This foundation of experience, and the judgment that flows from it over time, gives us an advantage when tackling new challenges and crafting solutions.
Head of Global Portfolio Construction and Risk
Alex Lurye is Head of Global Portfolio Construction and Risk at Citadel. The Portfolio Construction Group is an independent function engaged in Citadel’s risk measurement, monitoring and management both within and across the firm’s businesses. Mr. Lurye chairs Citadel’s Portfolio Committee and advises in determining risk-tolerance levels for strategies, businesses and the funds as a whole.
Prior to joining Citadel in 2001, Mr. Lurye established and headed Global FX Structured Products group at Credit Lyonnais. He began his career in the FX Derivatives Trading and quantitative research areas at Lehman Brothers and Warburg Dillon Read.
Mr. Lurye holds a bachelor’s degree from Polytechnic University and an MBA from New York University.
An environment rich in ideas combined with a culture of performance are the key aspects that maintain Citadel's innovation and success.
Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer at Citadel, Joseph Squeri leads the technology that is essential to the firm’s success. His team supports strategy, development and innovation for Citadel’s technology applications and infrastructure. He also serves as a member of Citadel’s Portfolio Committee.
Mr. Squeri has more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector, including extensive technology and operations expertise. Before joining Citadel, he was the Chief Information Officer of Barclays’ Capital Markets and Asset Management businesses. Mr. Squeri was also formerly at Goldman Sachs, where he was Global Co-head of the Securities Division, helping to build the company’s leading platform for cash and derivative trading.
Active in the nonprofit Per Scholas, he was named their Man of the Year in 2013.
Mr. Squeri received a bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York and a master’s in finance from Pace University.
At Citadel, our business is technology. We have the highest caliber people operating within a culture of teamwork and integrity to deliver innovative industry-leading solutions for clients.
Head of Human Capital Management and Development
Darcy Zulpo is Head of Human Capital Management and Development at Citadel. She leads global human resource activities including talent acquisition and leadership development across the Citadel platform.
Ms. Zulpo joined Citadel in 2003 as Vice President of Information Technology, Recruiting and Human Resources. She served in this role until 2006 when she was named Director of Global Recruiting. In this position, Ms. Zulpo oversaw all key recruiting functions including Asset Management, Capital Markets, Back Office and Information Technology. Before joining Citadel, she founded and operated her own human resources and recruiting consultancy.
Ms. Zulpo holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University.
The culture at Citadel is dynamic; it’s innovative. Our people are very passionate and committed. If you really like to think outside the box, this is an incredible environment.