Kurt Zyla
Kurt Zyla

Managing Director - Global Head of Exchange Relationships
S&P Dow Jones Indices

Kurt Zyla is Managing Director and Global Head of Exchange Relationships at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI).  With over 25 years of experience in derivatives, index management, and ETFs, Kurt is responsible for the direction and growth of S&P DJI’s exchange business around the world.  Working with current exchange partners, local client coverage, and product management teams, Kurt creates and implements a coherent strategy for managing these relationships.  In addition, he is tasked with expanding this business segment, ensuring the growth is in line with S&P DJI’s overall business objectives.
Kurt began his career at The Bank of New York Asset Management where his efforts focused on derivatives trading and strategy, transition services, index management, and ETFs.  In time, Kurt became Managing Director and C.I.O. of BNY Quantitative Equity Management.  Upon the merger of BNY with Mellon Bank, Kurt’s role was Managing Director and Head of Index and ETF Strategy at Mellon Capital Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the combined banks.
After leaving BNY Mellon, Kurt worked at Russell Indexes as the Regional Director of Listed Derivatives, and lastly as the Senior Vice President of ETF Servicing for ALPS, a DST Company.  Kurt has a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance from N.Y.U.’s Stern School of Business.