Charles "Harry" Falk
Falk was elected chairman of NYBOT’s board of governors in 2000, named interim president and CEO in 2002 and president and CEO in 2003. He guided the exchange through one of its more turbulent periods when the terrorist attacks completely destroyed the exchange’s main building and its principal trading floor.
In 2006, Falk negotiated the $1.6-billion deal to combine NYBOT with the Intercontinental Exchange, which set the framework for the exchange’s conversion to electronic trading.
Falk was widely respected in the New York commodity futures business for his leadership abilities, in particular his ability to persuade the membership of the Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange (CSCE) and the New York Cotton Exchange to work together after the two exchanges merged.
Falk’s association with the CSCE began in 1958 as a clerk for Czarnikow-Rionda, one of the largest sugar brokers in North America. He rose to partner in the company, then moved to Richco Sugar in 1982, and in 1984 joined Louis Dreyfus Corporation.