The corporate bond start-up data pooling network, Glimpse Markets, has hired an experienced bond seller, Mike Thorpe, as its senior sales advisor in preparation for its launch.
Thorpe joins Glimpse Markets as Senior Sales Advisor from the bond analytics platform Mosaic Smart Data, where he has been Head of Sales since January last year.
Before that he was head of European sales at Tradeweb for 15 years and head of UK sales at MarketAxess for over three years. Early in his career, Thorpe worked in FX sales positions at investment banks Citi and Merrill Lynch.
“I am delighted that Mike has agreed to join our growing company. His considerable sales experience and market knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to bring more buy-side institutions on board and get closer to market, ”said Paul O’Brien, chief executive officer of Glimpse Markets, to The TRADE.
“This is an exciting time for Glimpse – I look forward to working closely with Mike as we bring high quality, affordable trading data to the buy-side community.”
In his new role, Thorpe will be responsible for managing buy-side relationships and accelerating sales efforts at Glimpse Markets.
His appointment follows a series of buy-side roundtables over the past few months as the company seeks to finalize its commercial model and governance structure of the platform ahead of the official launch date.
“I am delighted and excited to be joining Glimpse Markets as a sales advisor, and I look forward to working with Paul and the team to bring affordable trade data to the buy-side,” said Thorpe.
Glimpse Markets outlined the startup plans last August and planned to launch late last year after telling The TRADE that more than 20 asset managers would go through legal review processes to become part of the network.
In October, Allianz Global Investors officially joined the pooling network as the third asset manager.