Julie Armstrong joined Aeris in December 2020 and is the firm’s Chief Commercial Officer overseeing Marketing, Sales and Customer Success. She is based in Chicago and comes to Aeris following an 18-year career in the financial industry. She worked 9 years at RealTick, a software trading firm, which was purchased by Lehman Brothers in 2005, where she began her financial services career as Global Account Manager and left the firm as Head of US Sales and Implementation. She joined CME Group in 2011 as an Executive Director to launch their co-location and data services offering and in under 4 years, built the Market Technology Services group, focusing on serving CME’s customers with software execution tools, connectivity offerings, and data center services. In parallel, she was 3-year Board member for a software firm, Cosaic, known for both its charting and desktop interoperability software and later become the firm’s first Chief Commercial Officer for two years. She has a BA in International Economics and a minor in Business from the University of Kentucky. Armstrong studied in France, Italy and Hong Kong respectively immediately after college where became passionate about the pursuit to go into international business.