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Forge Global appoints chief legal officer

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Forge Global Holdings, a global private securities marketplace, hired Johnathan H Short as its chief legal officer and promoted Jose Cobos, Forge’s current chief operating officer, to president.

Forge Global Holdings, a global private securities marketplace, hired Johnathan H Short as its chief legal officer and promoted Jose Cobos, Forge’s current chief operating officer, to president.

Short spent 14 years as general counsel and corporate secretary at the Intercontinental Exchange, as the public exchange, clearinghouse and data services group grew to a $45 billion public financial services company with domestic and international operations. 

Short oversaw all aspects of ICE’s legal, regulatory and government affairs functions during his tenure and served on ICE’s senior management committee. He grew the legal function from a two-person team when he joined ICE to a team of 75 legal and regulatory personnel.

Additionally, Jose Cobos has been promoted to president of Forge, overseeing Forge Markets, Data and Trust as well as operations, and business and corporate development. Cobos joined Forge in 2019 and most recently served as chief operating officer. Prior to joining Forge, Cobos was head of technology capital markets at NYSE from 2018 to 2019, a managing director at Cowen and Company from 2011 to 2017, and a principal at Piper Jaffray where he worked from 2004 to 2011.

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