Michael Bodson is the chief operating officer, as well as the president and COO of the three Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (DTCC) operating subsidiaries: The Depository Trust Company, National Securities Clearing Corporation and Fixed Income Clearing Corporation. On Apr. 23, it was announced that Bodson would succeed the retiring Donald F. Donahue as CEO of DTCC, effective July 1, 2012. Bodson will also become CEO of the three operating subsidiaries. Bodson talked this week with Douglas Ashburn, editor-at-large of John Lothian News and lead project manager for MarketsReformWiki and JLN managing editor Christine Nielsen.
Q: The business and regulatory climate has changed considerably in the few years you have been with DTCC. Could you talk about what has happened?
A: The re-regulation of the industry has had far-reaching impact and plays to the strengths of the asset the industry has created in DTCC. It really leverages our capabilities in terms of processing, risk management, in data, and our network globally. The most obvious example is the global trade repository for swaps, which built on the warehouse we had done for credit default swaps. That acted as a backbone for the mandate to create the GTR system globally.
As the regulations continue to be rolled out and as the industry continues to analyze the impact, there will be more opportunities to leverage what we have in place. We are working closely with the industry in terms of understanding where we can add value and leverage the investments we have made. Lastly, being a central counterparty and risk manager, the appreciation for – not only ourselves, but all the CCPs in the world – how we help mitigate risk and how we bring stability to the financial market has gone up in appreciation tremendously. That also puts pressure on us in terms of how regulators and market participants will expect us to perform at a high level. That is the most important thing we do. Failure of a CCP would really cause a ripple effect in the entire financial infrastructure. They have raised the bar on our performance, and we have to act accordingly, and that is a challenge we are up to meeting.
Q: And that challenge will be your main focus going forward with DTCC?
A: In anything we do, we can’t lose sight of what we handle on a day-to-day basis. We handle 100 million transactions. If we go down, the markets don’t function, and we understand that is a major obligation and responsibility. So, we can’t fall in love with any new opportunity and lose sight that what we do on a day-to-day basis is critical to the functioning of the world’s largest market.
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