MIAX Options Exchange Announces Hiring of John Smollen as Its New Executive Vice President – Head of Exchange Traded Products and Strategic Relations

PRINCETON, New Jersey, July 6, 2015 / PRNewswire – MIAX Options Exchange (MIAX®) announced today that John Smollen has been hired as its new Executive Vice President – Head of Exchange Traded Products and Strategic Relations. Prior to his hiring, Mr. Smollen provided consulting services to MIAX as a strategic advisor.

Mr. Smollen brings over 30 years of options industry experience to MIAX. Mr. Smollen served as a Managing Director for Goldman Sachs and as a floor director at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Prior to his retirement from Goldman Sachs in 2011, Mr. Smollen helped oversee the firm’s move from floor-based trading to electronic market trading as part of the U.S. market making and volatility trading group. While at CBOE, Mr. Smollen served as the member Vice Chairman in 2006, the highest elected position a CBOE member can hold. Most recently, Mr. Smollen was a Partner at Quivetneck Capital, a company based in Chicago, Illinois that offers consulting services focusing on trading, clearing, market making, order flow, routing and trading technology.

“We are excited to add an executive of John’s caliber to the MIAX management team,” said Thomas P. Gallagher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MIAX. “John’s experience in the options industry brings enormous value not only to MIAX but also to our MIAX Exchange Member firms. The insight he will provide us now as a MIAX executive will be invaluable as we continue to evolve our strategic direction, work with our MIAX Exchange Member firms to improve their trading experience and performance, and consider new business initiatives.”

Added Douglas M. Schafer, Jr., MIAX’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, “John’s background and experience in the industry brings an additional perspective that aligns well with MIAX’s future goals and objectives. We look forward to John being part of the MIAX team for many years to come.”

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About MIAX and MIH

MIAX, which commenced operations on December 7, 2012, is a fully electronic options trading exchange approved by the SEC as a national securities exchange on December 3, 2012. MIAX has assembled a team with deep rooted experience in developing, operating and trading on options exchanges. Its trading platform has been developed in-house and designed from the ground up for the unique functional and performance demands of derivatives trading. MIAX Options now lists and trades options on over 2,100 multi-listed classes. The MIAX Options Exchange’s unparalleled system throughput is approximately 27 million quotes per second. The average latency for a single quote on MIAX is approximately 28.89 microseconds for a full round trip. At the 99th percentile, the latency on MIAX is approximately 43.90 microseconds. At the 99.9th percentile, the latency on MIAX is approximately 79.01 microseconds. The MIAX executive offices and technology development center as well as the National Operations Center for the MIAX Options Exchange are located in Princeton, New Jersey.

MIAX, Miami International Technologies, LLC (MIAX Technologies) and MIAX Global, LLC (MIAX Global) are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH). MIAX Technologies is the Company’s technology subsidiary for the sale and/or license of MIAX trading technology. MIAX Global focuses on the Company’s trading, technology and other projects based outside of North America, initially focusing on Europe and Latin America.

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