Robert Rotella, CEO, President & Co-Chief Investment Officer
Robert Rotella oversees all aspects of the firm, including its investment programs and activities. He directs the firm’s research activities and business strategy. Mr. Rotella began his trading career in 1982 and started writing computer programs and trading independently in 1985. He began trading the Polaris program in 1990 with Commodities Corporation, arguably one of the most successful incubators of traders including Louis Bacon, Paul Tudor Jones, Bruce Kovner, and others.
In 1994 he moved to Singapore and worked as a senior trader for Commodities Corp. and Orix Corp. He launched Rotella Capital in 1995, moving to Chicago in 1997. Mr. Rotella’s 1992 book The Elements of Successful Trading was the first trading book to identify three critical elements to trading – Method, Money Management, and Psychology.
Mr. Rotella graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1978 and received a Masters of Business Administration Degree at Temple University in 1980.
Jagdeesh Prakasam, Co-Chief Investment Officer
Jagdeesh Prakasam oversees the investment process for the firm’s offered programs. He also focuses on the exploration of future research initiatives directly benefitting the firm’s core programs. Mr. Prakasam has been managing various proprietary portfolios as Portfolio Manager since early 2007. The holding period of the trades in these portfolios range from intraday to intermediate-term across both futures and equities spaces. Mr. Prakasam joined RCM in 2003 as a Researcher primarily focused on supporting the research efforts in portfolio construction, risk management, and overlay strategies for RCM’s core trading strategies.
He graduated from Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Technology, Gujarat, India with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering in 2001 and received a Master of Science degree in Finance from the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago in 2003. He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designee since November 2007.
John Harper, Executive Vice President & Director of Research
John Harper oversees the firm’s development of its ever-evolving research and development platform and related trading technologies. He also facilitates the implementation and evaluation of research strategies driven by the firm’s various Portfolio Managers, including his own research, which he has been trading since 2008. In addition, he is involved with setting the firm’s business strategy. Mr. Harper joined Rotella Capital Management in 1999 as a technologist responsible for oversight of the firm’s IT infrastructure and database development.
Prior to joining Rotella Capital Management he worked as a research assistant and technology specialist in the physiology and bio-mechanics labs at the University of Iowa, from which he graduated in 1996.