Management team

Mike Bellaro, CEO, Plato Partnership.

Prior to his current role, Mike was global head of equity trading for Deutsche Asset Management (DeAM). Bellaro joined Deutsche Asset Management in 1988 and held senior positions across the business including head of equity, derivative and FX trading in Frankfurt. He also oversaw the US equity and derivative trading for Deutsche Asset Management in New York.

As a founding member of Plato Partnership, Mike previously held the role of buy side co-Chair.


Anita Karppi, Executive Team, Plato Partnership.

Anita Karppi brings over 20 years’ of experience in the global financial markets to the Partnership where she held senior strategic positions at the  Buy-side Trading Community by K&K Global Consulting, FlexTrade Systems Inc, Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Reuters.  

Her work as founder of the Buy-side Trading Community which champions senior, heads and global heads of trading globally has won her multiple awards and highly ranked accolades for her dedication and incredible commitment to the community.


Christoph Hock, Buy-Side Chairman, Plato Partnership

Christoph is Head of Multi-Asset Trading at Union Investment. He joined Union in April 2014 and, with his team, is responsible for all trading activities associated with portfolio management of cash equities, fixed income, fund and ETF business, FX, listed and OTC derivatives, and securities lending.

Christoph graduated with a Diplom-Bankbetriebswirt, and has more than 20 years of international investment banking, trading and management experience, having worked for companies on the sell- and buy-side, most recently as Head of Execution Sales at Barclays Bank and at Alpha Trading.

Prior to this, Christoph was founder, partner and co-CEO/Head of Portfolio Management and Trading at Tungsten Capital Management, a hedge fund company (2005-2010). He was Head of Proprietary Equity Derivatives Desk at J.P. Morgan in London and Frankfurt from 1998-2004. Christoph began his career at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in Cash Equity Trading.


Salvador Rodriguez, Sell-Side Chairman, Plato Partnership

Salvador Rodriguez is EMEA Head of Execution Services at Instinet Europe Limited.

Rodriguez has over 24 years of industry experience, including senior roles at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Citi prior to joining Instinet Europe in 2016. There, he serves as EMEA Head of Execution Services, responsible for overseeing the provision of equities execution services to clients of the global agency broker dealer, and is also the SMF18 Senior Manager for the business.

Rodriguez sits on the Executive Management Committee in Europe, and is chair of the European best execution group. His experience, network, drive and vision will enable Plato Partnership to continue its core mission to create a more efficient market place.

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