Former London Stock Exchange leader will drive PPL’s data and digital connectivity strategy.


John Mason has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of PPL, the London market’s electronic trading platform. Mason will take up his role in April, succeeding interim CEO Joe Gordon, whose tenure will end following a handover period.

John was Group Head of Platform for the London Stock Exchange until recently. Prior to joining LSEG, he ran the European Enterprise Solutions for Bloomberg and also led Thomson Reuters’ response to MiFiD II and other regulatory and market structure initiatives.

Steve Hearn, PPL’s Chairman, said:

“Following what’s been a very competitive recruitment process, I’m delighted we’ve been able to attract someone of John’s calibre to lead PPL.”

“John Mason is someone who’s been immersed in successful transformative projects across a range of financial services. During his career, he has acquired exceptional experience of data platform capabilities and operations. He’s uniquely placed to lead PPL’s digital transformation and to enable the London Market to realise the power and value of the data it holds.”

John Mason said:

“I’m honoured to have been given the opportunity to facilitate the London market’s drive to modernise. The degree of transformation that PPL’s been able to achieve so far is impressive but there’s more to do. I’m very much looking forward to joining the PPL team and working with market firms to drive PPL’s competitive and innovative agenda.”

Steve Hearn offered his thanks to interim CEO Joe Gordon, who joined PPL last year. He said:

“It’s fair to say that under Joe’s leadership PPL has successfully transitioned to a business set for growth. Delivering a new technology architecture, strengthening collaboration with market bodies and defining a transformative strategy, means PPL can be the market enabler to unlock the commercial benefits of digitisation. His vision and his contribution have been invaluable.”