The 2013 Tech 50
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Rank Name / Company
1 Thomas Secunda
2 Jeffrey Sprecher
3 Lance Uggla
Markit Group
4 Catherine Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
5 Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
6 Steven Scopellite
Goldman Sachs Group
7 Dominique Cerutti
NYSE Euronext
8 Olivier Le Grand
Cortal Consors
9 Dan Mathisson
Credit Suisse
10 David Craig
Thomson Reuters
11 Robert Goldstein
BlackRock Solutions
12 Phupinder Gill
CME Group
13 Anna Ewing
Nasdaq OMX Group
14 Deborah Hopkins
15 Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
16 Michael Spencer
17 Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
18 Michael Bodson
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.
19 Tom Miglis
20 Ron Levi
GFI Group
21 Gaurav Suri
D.E. Shaw Group
22 Joe Ratterman
BATS Global Markets
23 Sean O'Sullivan
HSBC Holdings
24 Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
25 William O'Brien
Direct Edge
26 Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
27 Lou Eccleston
S&P Capital IQ
28 Marianne Brown
29 Peter Carr
Morgan Stanley
30 Christopher Perretta
State Street Corp.
31 Antoine Shagoury
London Stock Exchange Group
32 David Gershon
33 Kosta Peric
34 Lieve Mostrey
35 John Bates
Progress Software Corp.
36 Mark Palmer
StreamBase Systems
37 Robert Alexander
Capital One Financial Corp.
38 Gary Scholten
Principal Financial Group
39 Jan Verplancke
Standard Chartered
40 Simon Garland
Kx Systems
41 Tyler Moeller
Broadway Technology
42 Steve Betts
43 Peter Cherecwich
Northern Trust Corp.
44 Kim Fournais and
Lars Seier Christensen

Saxo Bank
45 David Gledhill
DBS Bank
46 Tyler Kim
47 Jim McGuire
Charles Schwab Corp.
48 Yasuki Okai
Nomura Research Institute
49 Jim Minnick
50 Kirk Wylie

On April 2 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission declared that corporations could use social media like Facebook and Twitter to publish required financial disclosures, in the same way they use websites. Two days later Bloomberg claimed an industry first when it added live Twitter feeds to the proverbial fire hose of information gushing into its vaunted terminal network.

Hardly alone among the leaders in financial technology spotlighted in this year's Institutional Investor Tech 50, Bloomberg's Thomas Secunda seeks out opportunities presented by marketplace changes and prizes agility in responding with innovative products. No development has stirred the competitive juices of financial technology strategists over the past couple of years more than social media, and Bloomberg's Twitter integration was a home run, a masterstroke of timeliness. It's one reason Secunda, Bloomberg's global head of financial products and services, repeats this year as No. 1 on the Tech 50 ranking.

But there is more to the story than the SEC's announcing something on a Tuesday and Bloomberg's working some programming magic by Thursday. Secunda, who oversees the Bloomberg Professional service as well as the company's 3,000 technologists, says the Twitter system was in the works for a year. "We're constantly building our products," he notes. "In this case the timing worked out especially well."