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  • Clara Furse was appointed Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange in January 2001 the first woman to occupy that position. She was born in Canada in 1957 to Dutch parents. She graduated form London School of Economics in 1979 with a BSc in Economics. Prior to her posiiton at LSE, she was Group Chief Executive of Credit Lyonnais Rouse from 1998 to 2000. At Phillips Drew/UBS from 1983 to 1998; became a Director in 1988, Executive Director in 1992, Managing Director in 1995 and Global Head of Futures in 1996. Director of LIFFE from 1991 to 1999; Deputy Chairman from 1997 to 1999. She is a Non-Executive Director of Fortis, Euroclear plc and LCH. Clearnet and a member of the Shanghai International Financial Advisory Council. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British empire (DBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
  • Dame Clara Hedwig Frances Furse DBE was the Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange between 2001 and May 2009, and was the first female to occupy the position. In 2005 she was ranked 19th in Fortune magazine's Most powerful women in business list.

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