Martin Read

Chief Executive Officer

The Managing Director of Smart Global and co-founder. A qualified accountant, Martin worked at BP for 18 years in both Control and Trading roles. He was book leader for North Sea Crude Equity trading for 7 years. During this time Martin managed the BP oil and gas disposals for North Sea production and latterly Azerbaijan.

Martin held a number of control roles in BP both inside and outside the oil trading division. In 1998, Martin moved across from the back to front office to become a junior crude trader. Later, he went on to become the senior trader on the North Sea equity disposals crude trading desk with an annual profitability of around $100 million. Martin spent 3 years as Director and senior trader in a new venture setup by BP in Hamburg, Germany.

Since the formation of Smart Global, Martin has spent much time assisting clients with exposure and daily reporting issues and systems. This has given him additional knowledge about the current regulatory climate in terms of company reporting of positions in the market and mark to market data. He has expertise on trading options and their valuation in addition to the formulation of trading strategies.