Fred SeamonFred Seamon has been with the Exchange since December 2001 and has served as Executive Director, Commodity Research and Product Development of CME Group since spring 2017.  He is responsible for conducting research on the structure and performance of commodity markets, which is used to monitor the performance of and maintain the viability of CME Group commodity futures and options contract markets.  He also is responsible for investigating the feasibility of new commodity futures contracts and writing trading rules for new commodity futures. During his tenure, Seamon has been heavily involved in the creation of multiple domestic and international agricultural and ethanol futures contracts. 

Prior to joining the company in 2001, Seamon was on faculty at the University of Wyoming, where he conducted research in commodity marketing issues. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington and a PhD in applied economics from Clemson University.