Robert Rotella, CEO, President & Co-Chief Investment Officer
Robert Rotella oversees all aspects of the firm, including its investment programs and activities. He also 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 all the investment and operational aspects of the firm in support of Rotella’s quantitative and systematic program offerings while implementing the firm’s strategic business initiatives in close collaboration with the CEO. 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. Mr. Prakasam has been managing various portfolios ranging from intraday to intermediate term holding periods across both futures and equities spaces. His undergraduate thesis is on the application of Artificial Neural Networks on Heat Exchanger Network Synthesis using C programming.
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.
Kenneth S. Koh, Chief Financial Officer
Kenneth Koh is the Chief Financial Officer for the firm. He provides strategic management of the accounting and finance functions and directs accounting policies, procedures and internal controls. Mr. Koh also oversees the firm’s back office, compliance, human resources and business development operations areas. Mr. Koh joined Rotella in 2006 as its Accounting Manager and has over 18 years of alternative investment accounting and finance experience.
Prior to joining the firm, he spent 7 years working for real estate alternative asset management firms including Bentall Kennedy (formerly Kennedy Associates), Kennedy Wilson and KLS Real Estate in the accounting and finance areas.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from University of Oregon.
Brad Ostercamp, Chief Technology Officer
Brad Ostercamp is the Chief Technology Officer for the firm. He joined Rotella in 2001 and has been part of its core technology team for over 14 years. He oversees the trading execution, technology, database and network groups. While at Rotella Mr. Ostercamp has been part of the team responsible for rapidly evolving the technology the firm uses in trading and research, and he was a proponent of and key team member who took Rotella to the straight through processing ecosystem long before our competitors.
Mr. Ostercamp also was responsible for the team that built the firm’s state-of-the-art proprietary order management system that is capable of handling the wide variety of custom order types required by the research team. Additionally, he oversaw the team that built a sophisticated research and trading platform capable of handling high frequency data. He was heavily involved in providing an efficient and scalable grid computing environment.