William Hoffman

Chairman And Chief Executive Officer at Object Management Group

As Chairman and CEO , Bill is responsible for all of the business of the OMG, including Board activities and oversight of the OMG's neutral and open Technical Process. Bill has been with OMG since 1989 and has worked in the computer industry in the areas of advanced hardware and software for over forty years. A frequent industry speaker, he is knowledgeable on the latest trends in Industrial IoT, Digital Twins, Augmented Reality and sustainability.

Prior to this position, he was the President of Object World Corporation, an OMG subsidiary, until it was acquired by Ziff- Davis Conferences and Forums. He has also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and co-founder of Itasca Systems, Inc., as well as Vice President and co-founder of Graphael, Inc., both early Object DBMS companies. Bill has also held senior positions at Gold Hill and Symbolics Inc., both of which were object-oriented AI and CASE companies. He started his career with Honeywell Information Systems in 1979.

Bill holds a BS in Marketing from New Hampshire College, where he graduated with honors.


Richard Robinson

Leads Industry Initiatives and Strategy in the Open Symbology group at Bloomberg LP

Richard C Robinson is a senior business executive with over 25 years of experience in the financial industry, with a rare perspective that spans working in operations and technology positions at global custodial banks, international brokers, investment managers as well as core industry utilities.

Starting in the Global Custody Operations of Bankers Trust Company in the early 1990’s, Rich has worked throughout the front, mid and back offices at NSCC, Merrin Financial, The Bank of New York, Deutsche Bank Securities AG, and Omgeo. Post-crisis, he worked in consulting capacities at Barclays to help bring on board the former Lehman Equity desk, and at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, leading the EMC engagement that defined the distribution, order flow, trade reporting, compliance, and related functions needed to bring together the two retail brokerage firms. Immediately prior to joining Bloomberg, he was a Partner in Wipro's Capital Markets team.

Since the late 1990’s, Rich has been heavily involved in the industry as a published author, speaker, co-chair, and active participant of key working groups related to international data and messaging standards. He Chaired the Vocabulary Committee for MDDL, Co-founded the Unique Instrument Identification working group in 2001, Co-Chaired the Custodian Forum and Reference Data Working Groups at ISITC, was a key member of the Best Practice group defining 15022 usage, and belonged to ISO WG10 , WG11 and WG8. He has been a participant in various ISDA working groups focused on standards and symbology in the derivatives space and has been involved with the EDMCouncil and working groups defining the DCAM model. He has published white papers and articles covering data, operations, technology and regulatory issues in leading industry journals and news outlets.

Richard currently leads Industry Initiatives and Strategy in the Open Symbology group at Bloomberg LLP. He holds an MBA in Organizational Behavior and Information Technology from NYU’s Stern School of Business as well as a B.S. in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Richard Young

Leads Regulatory Initiatives and Strategy in the Open Symbology group at Bloomberg LP

Richard joined Bloomberg in September 2015, focusing on the promotion of Bloomberg’s Open Symbology initiative in the European market. This role includes prioritising the adoption of the Financial Instrument Global Identifier (FIGI) by EU regulators, thereby enabling firms to use the FIGI in their compliance with new EU reporting obligations.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Richard spent 20 years with the financial messaging and standards body – SWIFT, where he held a variety of roles in sales and marketing. Most recently Richard was Head of Regulatory Affairs at SWIFT, where he contributed to the development of new services arising from regulatory change, including services for reporting to Trade Repositories and reference data/standards initiatives, such as the development of SWIFT’s services for the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI). He also led initiatives with EU and other regulators to raise awareness of the operational impacts of regulation, including strengthening the regulatory recognition of financial messaging and reference data standards. This involved a particular focus on the promotion of the ISO 20022 financial messaging standard to EU regulatory bodies.

At various times Richard represented SWIFT in a number of bodies focused on more efficient post-trade processing, including the EU Commission expert group (CESAME) for securities post trading in 2008/9, the EU Clearing and Settlement Code of Conduct monitoring group and the EGMI group on market infrastructure in 2010/11.

Prior to joining SWIFT Richard held product management roles with a leading global custodian for four years, and before that with the London Stock Exchange, where he oversaw the introduction of the institutional net settlement service.

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Corby Dear

Open Symbology, Regulatory and Standards Specialist at Bloomberg LP

Corby Dear is a senior data professional with 16 years of experience in the financial industry with extensive knowledge of reference data, market identifiers and corporate actions. Corby is also a member of the ANSI X9 Board of Directors. Corby holds an M. ED. in Business Management from East Stroudsburg University and a B.S. from West Chester University.

In 2009, Corby was part of the creation of the Open Symbology product at Bloomberg and currently serves as the senior Project Manager for Bloomberg Open Symbology. The Open Symbology team is responsible for developing and maintaining a unique, non-changing Financial Instrument Global Identifier for all asset classes and security types found around the world. The Open Symbology team also maintains the corresponding metadata fields attributed to each unique instrument.

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Karen Cacella

Global Team Leader for Open Symbology at Bloomberg LP

Karen Cacella has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry and is currently the team leader for Open Symbology at Bloomberg LP. Karen’s team is responsible for developing and maintaining the Financial Instrument Global Identifier (FIGI), as well as working with the industry to provide an open, unique, comprehensive solution for instrument identification across all asset classes. Prior to her current role, Karen managed various products at Bloomberg, and has extensive knowledge of reference data, corporate actions, and market identifiers.

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