Management Team

Mary Lou (Lou) Von Kaenel, Managing Director, Financial Information Forum

Lou brings to FIF more than thirty years of experience in the securities industry. Having led the Management Consulting and Regulatory Compliance practice at Jordan & Jordan for many years, Lou has managed a wide range of projects to support clients in their efforts to meet the challenges presented by a changing market environment, competitive landscape and the impacts of regulation. She has broad knowledge of activities from beginning to end of the trade lifecycle, with a particular focus on middle office processing and back office clearing and settlement practices, and an appreciation for the differences across asset classes. Lou has hands-on experience and involvement in key industry undertakings including projects related to trade reporting, OTC Derivatives Reform (Dodd-Frank Title VII), Tri-party Reform (TMPG) and various FIX initiatives.

Prior to joining Jordan & Jordan, Lou held senior positions and was responsible for Strategic Planning and Business Development for divisions within Thomson Financial and Standard & Poor's. She also has experience on the dealer side of the business having been in fixed income trading and sales in previous years. Lou is a graduate of Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY, and holds an MBA from New York University.


W. Leo McBlain, Chairman

Leo serves as the Chairman for the Financial Information Forum, having recently retired as a Vice President for ADP Brokerage Services Group. Mr. McBlain was responsible for guiding ADP’s activities relative to new regulatory requirements and industry initiatives. As FIF’s Chairman, Leo has represented the Forum at SEC hearings, most recently regarding Regulation NMS. Mr. McBlain was active in founding the FIF in 1996. Mr. McBlain has over thirty years experience with computer and communications technology in the brokerage industry.

Thomas J. Jordan, Advisory Committee Chair

Tom is the Advisory Committee Chair of the Financial Information Forum and is also the President and CEO of Jordan & Jordan. FIF Program Office support is provided by Jordan & Jordan, a professional services firm specializing in the financial information services industry since 1990. Mr. Jordan was the Managing Director of Knight-Ridder Financial/Americas from 1985 to 1990. He was also the Chairman of Monchik-Weber, a consulting and product development firm. Mr. Jordan also held various management positions at IBM both on the technical and the marketing side of the business.