Bill Brodsky, chairman and CEO of the CBOE, announced last month he was stepping down from his post in May 2013, and taking the role of executive chairman. He has held the top spot at the exchange since 1997 and was at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for 15 years before taking over at the CBOE. Brodsky spoke with John Lothian about his decision, his successor Ed Tilly as well as the importance of separating the role of CEO and chairman in public companies. He also addressed some of the keys to the CBOE’s success over the past quarter century, the potential for growth in the industry and finally, the road ahead. He has been often rumored to be on the shortlist for the top regulator’s post at the SEC.