Joseph Sullivan was the founding president of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He had been The Wall Street Journal’s Capitol Hill reporter, but eventually he was hired by the then-president of the Chicago Board of Trade, Henry Hall Wilson, to be his assistant.
Sullivan was charged with researching how the CBOT might go about creating a new options entity. The exchange was attempting to develop new markets because at that time trade in the agricultural markets was slow. 
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- Three Decades of Options and the World is A-Changin' by Gail Osten. SFO Magazine April 2003.