Peng Zhao

Peng Zhao is Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Securities, a pre-eminent global market maker active in all major asset classes.

One of the early architects of Citadel Securities, Peng joined the firm directly out of graduate school as a Senior Quantitative Researcher.

Since becoming CEO in 2017, he has led the company through a period of continued growth and sustained expansion. Today, Citadel Securities employs over 1,000 professionals worldwide and is a lead provider of liquidity on over 120 venues across more than 35 countries. Through its promotion of marketplace competition, resilience and transparency, the company has emerged as a transformative force in the financial services industry.

Peng earned his PhD in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Berkeley Fellow, and holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Peking University. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

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