Andrew Westhead named MD research for BestEx Research Group

Dan Barnes

BestEx Research Group, the execution analytics and measurement service provider for equities, futures, and foreign exchange trading, has appointed Andrew Westhead as managing director of Research.

“BestEx Research is committed to advancing algorithmic trading through a research-driven, systematic and quantitative approach to execution,” said Hitesh Mittal, Founder and CEO. “In his new role, Andrew will help us continue to lead the industry in the development of high-performance multi-asset execution algos that significantly improve institutional investors’ returns by reducing their execution costs. Andrew’s hands-on research and algorithmic trading experience in futures, FX and equities at both systematic hedge funds and sell-side firms made him a perfect candidate for the role.”

“I’m excited to be joining the dynamic, fast-growing team at BestEx Research,” said Westhead. “I admire the firm’s commitment to providing continually-advancing, highly customizable execution algorithms and analytics for clients across multiple asset classes, and I look forward to working with the team and our clients to deliver on that promise.”

He has more than 15 years of experience in the research, development, and deployment of execution algorithms with a particular focus in equities, futures, and FX. Prior to joining BestEx Research, he was the director of smart execution at Graham Capital Management, a systematically focused hedge fund. Earlier in his career he spent more than 10 years in the quantitative strategies group at Bank of America, leading the research and development of its futures execution algorithms and leading numerous projects to enhance its global equities algorithms, both for external clients and internal trading desks. He holds a PhD in Applied and Computational Mathematics from California Institute of Technology and a MSci in Mathematics from Imperial College London.

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