BATS Global Markets (BATS), a global stock exchange operator, has appointed Brian Schell as chief financial officer (CFO) and senior vice president (SVP). Schell arrives at BATS with more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 16 years at H&R Block in Kansas City, where he held numerous leadership positions. He is based at the BATS global headquarters, reporting to president and chief executive officer (CEO) Joe Ratterman.
Among his previous roles at H&R Block, Schell served separately as CFO of the tax services and H&R Block financial advisors divisions, holding the former position for seven years. Most recently he was SVP, operations, support and development for tax services.
During Schell’s tenure at H&R Block, he led several merger and acquisition (M&A) assignments, while directing financial operations and strategic planning initiatives that led to significant revenue growth and operational efficiencies. Most recently, Schell was CFO at Pollen, a Kansas City-based technology company working with large companies redeploying cash in their accounts payables (A/P).
Schell began his career as a financial analyst at JP Morgan & Co in New York and also spent five years in Washington, DC, at KPMG Peat Marwick and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, facilitating regulatory-assisted banking transactions. He assumes the CFO role at BATS from Craig Perrigo, who assumed the role in September 2009. Perrigo remains in a key position as chief accounting officer (CAO).
Schell graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an emphasis in finance. He also holds a MBA from The George Washington University.
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