CME Group President Provides Insight on Business Ethics

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CME Group President Provides Insight on Business Ethics

Published: April 11, 2017.

Bryan T. Durkin, president of CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, provided a business case for attaching oneself to ethical principles during the 2017 Lewis University College of Business Ethics Week.

Durkin, a Lewis University alumnus, is responsible for overseeing the CME Group’s Technology, Global Operations, Market Technology and Data Services, and International businesses, as well as the company’s GFX division. He stressed the importance of a strong education in forming one’s personal judgment, adding “I know I received a great deal of this ethical grounding from this university.”

The former Lewis University adjunct instructor has been part of the futures industry in Chicago for more than 30 years, beginning his career with the Office of Investigations and Audits at the Chicago Board of Trade. He has held several key positions at CBOT, and then later at CME Group, including roles as CME Group’s Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. And, as part of his responsibilities, he led the global integrations following CME Group’s merger with the Chicago Board of Trade and CME Group’s acquisition of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

“Every day, CME Group provides economic value, integrity, confidence and trust in the marketplace,” added Durkin, who earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Lewis University College of Business. Durkin and his wife have also established the Bryan T. and Mary C. Durkin Endowed Scholarship for College of Business students, which was first awarded in 2016.

Ethics Week is an annual observance for the College of Business. Professors put an extra emphasis on integrating ethical leadership into their lessons during the week. Some focus on challenging ethical dilemmas, while others create dynamic student projects, such as developing a code of ethics and writing reflective papers and essays.

“We don’t teach one course in ethics, we incorporate it into every course we teach,” Dr. Rami Khasawneh, dean of the College of Business, emphasized during Ethics Week.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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