An illustrious record and a strategic management style in the German Stock Exchange since joining in 1993 earned Francioni the position of chairman and CEO at Deutsche Börse in 2005. Francioni supervised the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, derivatives platform Eurex, and the clearing house Clearstream. The highly esteemed academic also lectures at the University of Basel and the New York-based Zicklin School of Business. Francioni has proven capable of responding to shareholder worries without forfeiting his own principals. He cautiously works through conflicting interests by following his own objectives while concurrently adding value for shareholders.