President & CEO
Phone: +1 (312) 275 2714
Gerard J. Pannekoek joined IPXI Holdings, LLC, in November 2009, to become the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He possesses 30 years of diverse corporate experience, with areas of expertise and responsibility that include both domestic and international management, finance, marketing, and operations. Throughout his career, Mr. Pannekoek has developed and managed major projects and initiatives involving complex business issues, legal transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring.
Before assuming his present role at IPXI Holdings, Mr. Pannekoek was a Teaching Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, where he taught Entrepreneurship and International Management to both MBA and undergraduate students.
From 2002 - 2005, Mr. Pannekoek was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), a start-up company that became the world’s first multi-national and multi-sector market for reducing and trading greenhouse gas emissions. In that capacity he designed, implemented and managed the transition of a unique idea into an actual business, and established the firm’s infrastructure and trading operations in less than 12 months. Mr. Pannekoek also initiated and managed the establishment of the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange (CCFE) and the European Climate Exchange (ECX).
Prior to CCX, Mr. Pannekoek served as Senior Vice President of ABN-AMRO Inc., which he joined as a member of its senior management team following the acquisition of certain business lines from Sakura Dellsher, Inc. (SDI), a global derivatives brokerage firm. He worked at SDI from 1994 to 2000, where he served as Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee and as a member of its Management Committee. In his capacity as Executive Vice President, he initiated and directed the firm’s transformation from a bank-owned brokerage firm (which limited its scope to proprietary business only) to a first-class financial institution. Mr. Pannekoek was also the principal advisor to SDI’s Board of Directors during the negotiations and ultimate sale of its business to ABN AMRO.
From 1991 until 1994, Mr. Pannekoek served as Director of International Marketing at Quantum Financial Services. He started his career in Chicago in 1982 as Senior Manager of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Pannekoek is a native of the Netherlands, where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree from the H.E.A.O. College in Zwolle. He earned his Master of Management Degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. Since 1995 he has been a member of the Finance Advisory Council of the University of Iowa. He is the co-founder of the Future of Chesterton Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Porter County Community Foundation.
Mr. Pannekoek resides in Chesterton, Indiana with his wife, Laura, and their two children.