Our Team

Our employees are truly our greatest asset. We’ve spent years building our team of talented and dedicated technologists, data-driven traders and leaders who emulate our core values:



Our team at Simplex thrives in a collaborative environment where teamwork drives overall business success. This partnership ensures that our technology team can effectively transform the strategies conceived by our traders into efficient, scalable code that helps drive and capture opportunities in the market.


Ethics & Risk Management:

We have an obligation to our customers and the marketplace to maintain the highest standards. Our goal each and every day is to help bring the best liquidity to the market and provide our partners with access to the best possible execution and servicing of their orders.


Diverse Opinions & Experience:

Part of our success stems from our team’s diversity of backgrounds, opinions and experiences both within and outside the financial world.

Interested in joining an open, collaborative team that allows your talents to shine?
We’re always on the lookout for the best and brightest.


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Meet Our Leaders

Erik Swanson

Erik Swanson

Chief Executive Officer

Erik joined Simplex right out of college as a member of the trading team and advanced from Trader to Head Trader before becoming CEO in 2014. In his role, Erik’s key focus is to make Simplex bigger and better every day by identifying opportunities to expand Simplex into new business lines and empowering his team to pursue their interests, seize new opportunities and maximize their impact on the firm.

Dave Haufe

Dave Haufe

Chief Technology Officer

As the Chief Technology Officer, Dave manages all aspects of Simplex’s technology program as well as day-to-day management of the broader business. Prior to becoming the CTO, Dave worked as a developer for Simplex and, even in his current role, enjoys working alongside the team to identify problems, determine solutions and develop, test, and deploy trading software with maximum speed and minimal bureaucracy.

Ben Londergan

Ben Londergan

Managing Director, Strategic Business Development

As Managing Director of Strategic Business Development, Ben is responsible for growing Simplex’s Joint Back Office (JBO) structure and core business model by expanding trading into new products and geographies. Ben’s extensive experience in building, developing and implementing market strategies allows him to identify areas for growth and scale within Simplex to achieve profitable outcomes. Ben’s previous experience includes CEO roles in market making and options brokerage firms, as well as multiple senior management roles in start-up organizations.

Kate Kitto

Kate Kitto

Head of Venture Capital

In her role, Kate partners with Simplex Trading’s CEO Erik Swanson and co-founder Matt Gray to support the firm’s venture capital arm by sourcing, evaluating and managing investments in early-stage financial technology companies. For more than seven years, Kate has been heavily involved with the startup ecosystem, working extensively in operational and consulting roles with startups and accelerators. Prior to joining Simplex, Kate worked as an early-stage technology Investor focused on artificial intelligence startups.

Christa Gochenaur

Christa Gochenaur

Director of Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Christa is responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership within the HR department, including talent acquisition strategy and total rewards. Christa has extensive experience building out people programs to enhance the employee experience and retain talent by creating a motivated and engaged employee population. Her positive energy and passion have greatly contributed to her success as a leader within both private and public high-growth organizations.