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David Cushing

David Cushing

Senior Advisor

Mr. Cushing was most recently a Partner at Wellington Management, where he worked from July 2006 to June 2018. While at Wellington, he served in a variety of senior capacities, including Director of Global Equity Trading and Director of Global Trading. Dave was a driving force behind the modernization of Wellington’s trading platform, where he introduced a suite of analytics, trading tools and trading risk controls geared toward increasing trading effectiveness and operational risk management across asset classes.

Prior to joining Wellington in 2006, Mr. Cushing was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, where he was recruited to product manage their algorithmic equity trading and trading analytics business. This platform served as the cornerstone of the functional and economic transformation of Lehman’s equity trading franchise.

From 2000-2004 he was Co-Founder and Managing Principal at Inference Group LLC, a statistical arbitrage hedge fund that deployed fully automated, statistically-driven equity long/short trading strategies. These strategies identified short-term relative valuation anomalies based on sophisticated statistical methods developed using a bespoke R&D platform.

From 1991-2000, Mr. Cushing was an early employee at Investment Technology Group, Inc. (ITG), where he founded and ran ITG’s research department, which provided quantitatively advanced portfolio management, trade execution, and execution analysis tools to the firm’s clients. Mr. Cushing served on the firm’s management committee and was instrumental in the growth and development of the firm from startup through IPO. He is a named inventor on the industry’s seminal patent for algorithmic trading as well as on several other market structure patents, including the design and operation of opening and closing auctions.