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Top Minds: The trusted adviser

Tammy Whitehouse | April 3, 2018

Carrie Di Santo may well be sitting at the precipice of risk in today’s capital markets—and from that high perch, she’s come to recognize the most effective way to manage it is with a laser focus on the risks that matter most.

Di Santo is the global chief compliance officer and managing director of enterprise risk management at CME Group, a derivatives marketplace that brings together buyers and sellers looking to manage risk or profit from it. Through CME exchanges and trading platforms, banks manage risks from changing interest rates. Agriculturalists manage risks from changing commodity prices. Transportation enterprises manage risks from changing fuel costs.

CME manages an average of 3 billion contracts annually, valued at $1 quadrillion. To put that into perspective, 1 quadrillion is 1,000 trillion. Expressed numerically, it’s a 1 followed by 15 zeroes.

Sitting on that mountain of risk, Di Santo knows she can’t manage it by being a micromanager....

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