March 16, 2017: J. Christopher Giancarlo was nominated as the Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) by President Trump on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Giancarlo, of New Jersey, has been a CFTC Commissioner since his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate on June 3, 2014. He was appointed as the CFTC Acting Chairman on Jan. 20, 2017. Giancarlo was previously the executive vice president of GFI Group Inc., a financial services company. Before that, he was the executive vice president and U.S. legal counsel at Fenics Software, and he worked as a partner at the New York law firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder and Steiner. Giancarlo received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.