The 2017 Trading Tech 40: Raj Mahajan

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10. Raj Mahajan
Co-head of Global Execution Services
Goldman Sachs Group
Last year: 9

Two years ago Raj Mahajan came into Goldman Sachs Group as a partner. That was a sign of the firm’s regard for Mahajan and his trading technology background as he took on the role of global head of equities electronic execution services. A year ago he was named co-head of global execution services; he told Reuters at the time that “simply put, we want to deliver the best execution quality to our clients, which is tantamount to saying we need the best technology.”

Mahajan, 44, had worked as an analyst at Goldman early in his career, and he returned as a successful technologist and entrepreneur. In 2000 he co-founded — with former Goldman chief information officer and now CFO-designate R. Martin Chavez — Kiodex, a developer of commodity-trading systems. SunGard Data Systems bought the start-up in 2004, and Mahajan went with it, rising over eight years with SunGard to president of its global trading business. In 2012 he became CEO of Allston Trading, a high frequency firm based in Chicago. When Goldman hired him and brought him back to New York in 2015, it described him in a memo as “bringing extensive experience in electronic trading, market structure, technology, and entrepreneurship to our rapidly growing electronic execution franchise. He will be responsible for delivering innovative electronic execution solutions to global clients across equity products worldwide.”


The 2017 Trading Tech 40

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1. Richard Prager
BlackRock

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2. Chris Isaacson
Bats Global Markets

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3. Bradley Peterson
Nasdaq

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4. Brad Levy
MarkitSERV

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5. Dan Keegan
Citi

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6. Glenn Lesko
Bloomberg Tradebook

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7. Bryan Durkin
CME Group

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8. Mayur Kapani
Intercontinental Exchange

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9. Mike Blum
KCG Holdings

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10. Raj Mahajan
Goldman Sachs Group

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11. Ronald DePoalo
Fidelity Institutional

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12. Nick Themelis
MarketAxess Holdings

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13. Jenny Knott
NEX Optimisation

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14. Billy Hult
Tradeweb Markets

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15. Rob Park
IEX Group

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16. Bill Chow & Richard Leung
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

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17. John Mackay (Mack) Gill
MillenniumIT

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18. Paul Hamill
Citadel Securities

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19. Eric Noll
Convergex

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20. Veronica Augustsson
Cinnober Financial Technology

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21. Tyler Moeller & Joshua Walsky
Broadway Technology

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22. Alasdair Haynes
Aquis Exchange

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23. Gaurav Suri
Arcesium

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24. Manoj Narang
Mana Partners

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25. Michael Chin & Neill Penney
Thomson Reuters

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26. Robert Sloan
S3 Partners

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27. Anton Katz & Stephen Mock
AQR Capital Management

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28. Donal Byrne
Corvil

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29. Stu Taylor
Algomi

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30. Alfred Eskandar
Portware

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31. Steven Randich
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

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32. R. Cromwell Coulson
OTC Markets Group

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33. Peter Maragos
Dash Financial

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34. John Fawcett
Quantopian

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35. Donald
Ross III
PDQ Enterprises

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36. Jennifer Nayar
Vela Trading Technologies

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37. Dan Raju
Tradier

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38. Susan Estes
OpenDoor Trading

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39. David Mercer
LMAX Exchange

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40. Oki Matsumoto
Monex Group


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