Prof. Dr. Joerg Franke appointed member of FIA Hall of Fame

Frankfurt/Boca Raton – 14 March 2007

The Futures Industry Association (FIA) has elected Professor Dr. Joerg Franke into the “Futures Hall of Fame” for his outstanding contribution to the worldwide futures trading community.

FIA, with its more than 250 members, is the national trade organization for the futures industry and reaches market participants all around the world.

Inaugurated in 2005 as part of FIA´s 50th anniversary, the “Futures Hall of Fame” honours outstanding industry leaders.

As John M. Damgard, President of the FIA emphasized, honourees were instrumental in leading the path for their firms’ success and thus made a significant contribution to the futures and options industry.

The reception ceremony itself took place yesterday during the 32nd edition of the yearly FIA event hosted in Boca Raton.

In 1988 Prof. Dr. Franke was appointed CEO of the newly founded German Derivative Exchange (DTB), playing a decisive role in merging the DTB with the Swiss derivatives market Soffex, to form the world’s biggest regulated derivatives market, Eurex. Joerg Franke, appointed as honorary professor at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 2005, currently serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at RTS Realtime Systems AG.

“We are proud to have Prof. Dr. Joerg Franke as our Supervisory Board chairman. His acceptance into the FIA Hall of Fame reflects his truly great success in building Eurex and paving the way for electronic trading globally”, commented Engelbert Gemuenden, CEO of RTS AG.

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