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The 2016 Tech 50: Stephen Neff

The Fidelity Investments Enterprise CEO drops to No. 11 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

< The 2016 Tech 5011Stephen NeffEnterprise Chief Technology OfficerFidelity InvestmentsLast year: 9

With an early-adopting heritage that includes a mainframe computer installation in 1965, an Internet home page in 1995 and today a global technology staff of 10,000 with a budget of $2.5 billion, Fidelity Investments has the organizational DNA and bandwidth to be aggressive in research and development. The R&D engine is a subsidiary, Fidelity Labs, which according to its website has “graduated” such products as Fidelity Watchapp for Pebble and FidSafe for document storage, and is beta-testing Fidelity Market Monitor for Google Glass and data visualizations for limit orders and watch lists. Artificial intelligence, big data, security and open source are key innovation areas, and the mantra is “scan, try, scale,” says Stephen Neff, 64, the Boston-based asset management giant’s enterprise CTO since January 2013. A 20-year Fidelity veteran who previously worked for Salomon Brothers and IBM Corp., Neff says cloud computing, which Fidelity began working with internally about five years ago, is today’s highest-impact technology. “It really allows for major transitions that are going on now in the industry, such as digitalization of human services,” he explains. “Regardless of what channel it comes on — mobile apps or wearables such as Apple Watch — our customers expect that we have total knowledge of their past transactions readily accessible. Cloud, digitalization and personalization are game changers.” Talent being ever more critical to the technology mission, Fidelity’s recruitment program, Leap, now in its seventh year, has broadened to include liberal arts graduates in addition to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors. The program has a five-year retention rate of 80 percent. “It’s one of the many ways we’re looking for a diverse workforce that reflects what our customers look like,” Neff says.

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7. Robert GoldsteinBlackRock8. Adena FriedmanNasdaq9. Deborah HopkinsCiti Ventures10. Daniel ColemanKCG Holdings11. Stephen NeffFidelity Investments12. David CraigThomson Reuters
13. Michael SpencerICAP14. Michael BodsonDepository Trust & Clearing Corp. 15. Charles LiHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing16. Chris ConcannonBATS Global Markets17. Blythe MastersDigital Asset Holdings18. David RutterR3CEV
19. Neil KatzD.E. Shaw & Co.20. Lee OleskyTradeweb Markets21. Richard McVeyMarketAxess Holdings22. Seth MerrinLiquidnet Holdings23. Robert AlexanderCapital One Financial Corp.24. Brad KatsuyamaIEX Group
25. Antoine ShagouryState Street Corp.26. David GledhillDBS Bank27. Lou EcclestonTMX Group28. Andreas PreussDeutsche BÖrse29. Dan SchulmanPayPal Holdings30. Scott DillonWells Fargo & Co.
31. Mike ChinnS&P Global Market Intelligence32. Craig DonohueOptions Clearing Corp.33. Gary NorcrossFidelity National Information Services34. Steven O'HanlonNumerix35. Sebastián CeriaAxioma36. Michael CooperBT Radianz
37. Tyler KimMaplesFS38. Neal PawarAQR Capital Management39. David HardingWinton Capital Management40. Chris CorradoLondon Stock Exchange Group41. Brian ConlonFirst Derivatives42. Jim MinnickeVestment
43. Stephane DuboisXignite44. Mazy DarOpenFin45. Yasuki OkaiNRI Holdings America46. Kim FournaisSaxo Bank47. Jock PercyPerseus48. Robert SchifelliteBroadridge Financial Solutions
49. Brian SentanceXenomorph Software50. Pieter van der DoesAdyen