The 2016 Trading Technology 40: Jennifer Nayar

No. 38 Jennifer Nayar, Chief Executive Officer, Vela

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Jennifer Nayar
Chief Executive Officer
Vela
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A typical teenager might edge her way into the working world by babysitting or waitressing. Jennifer Nayar, to help support her single-parent family, left school at 16 to take a job at the London Stock Exchange. “That was when I first got into things that were electronically confirmed, as opposed to telexes,” Nayar says of her experience working in posttrade services at the LSE. Now 48, she went on to management positions at Thomson Electronic Settlements Group (and its successor company Omgeo), Mercator Software, NYFIX, NYSE Euronext and Goldman Sachs Group trading technology spin-off REDI Holdings, where she was chief of staff for 14 months before being named CEO of SR Labs last June. A developer of high-performance trading and market-data-feed software, New York–based SR Labs was founded in 2007 by former Merrill Lynch & Co. senior consultant Srinivasan Ramiah. It bulked up in 2014 by acquiring Wombat Financial Software from Intercontinental Exchange’s NYSE Technologies unit and before Nayar arrived was helmed by e-trading entrepreneur Richard Korhammer (No. 39 last year). Nayar has added key executives, including BlackRock and NYFIX veteran Christopher Nagy as CFO. In January the company announced new feed handlers for the Australian Securities Exchange, Bombay Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Futures, among other markets, and said growth initiatives this year are focused on the Asia-Pacific region and fixed income, currencies and commodities. “Ten or 15 years ago, we had a year to develop a product rollout; now we’re down to days or weeks to get changes out to a client,” Nayar observes. “Now that I’m in the driver’s seat, and coming from a market-data background, I’m very keen to see used all of the data we have here at our fingertips.”


2016 Trading Technology 40

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1. Raymond Tierney III
Bloomberg

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2. Richard Prager
BlackRock

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3. Chris Isaacson
BATS Global Markets

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4. Jonathan Ross
KCG Holdings

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5. Bradley Peterson
Nasdaq

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6. Brad Levy
Markit

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7. Dan Keegan
Citi

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8. Ronald DePoalo
Fidelity Institutional

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9. Raj Mahajan
Goldman Sachs Group

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10. Ari Studnitzer
CME Group

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11. Mayur Kapani
Intercontinental Exchange

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12. Gerald O’Connell
CBOE Holdings

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13. Nicholas Themelis
MarketAxess Holdings

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14. Gil Mandelzis
EBS BrokerTec (ICAP)

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15. Bill Chow and Richard Leung
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

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16. Rob Park
IEX Group

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17. Philip Weisberg
Thomson Reuters

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18. John Mackay (Mack) Gill
MillenniumIT

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19. Robert Cornish
International Securities Exchange

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20. Paul Hamill
Citadel Securities

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21. Eric Noll
Convergex

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22. Tyler Moeller and Joshua Walsky
Broadway Technology

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23. Rishi Nangalia
REDI Holdings

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24. Veronica Augustsson
Cinnober Financial Technology

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25. Alasdair Haynes
Aquis Exchange

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26. Manoj Narang
Mana Partners

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27. Gaurav Suri
Arcesium

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28. Robert Sloan
S3 Partners

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29. Anton Katz and Stephen Mock
AQR Capital Mgmt

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30. Stu Taylor
Algomi

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31. D. Keith Ross Jr.
PDQ Enterprises

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32. Donal Byrne
Corvil

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33. Alfred Eskandar
Portware

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34. R. Cromwell Coulson
OTC Markets Group

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35. Masayuki Hosaka
Rakuten

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36. Peter Maragos and David Karat
Dash Financial

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37. Amar Kuchinad
Electronifie

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38. Jennifer Nayar
SR Labs

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39. Dave Snowdon
Metamako

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40. Dan Raju
Tradier


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