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The 2016 Tech 50: David Rutter

The R3CEV CEO debuts at No. 18 on our annual Tech 50 ranking.

David Rutter
Chief Executive Officer

As a great leap in financial technology, what could compare with the distributed ledger applications that R3CEV is developing with a consortium of 55 financial institutions? CEO David Rutter looks back 20 years to a joint venture agreement that the Chicago Board of Trade struck with two firms that led to the introduction of trading on computer screens. One of the brokerages was Prebon Yamane, where Rutter was managing director for the Americas and later a co-owner. “It was considered outrageous then to think about the electronic trading of U.S. Treasuries and bond futures, with cross margining and the like,” Rutter recalls. “That was the first attempt to electronically trade cash Treasuries and futures.” His involvement in advanced trading technology didn’t stop there. Rutter built an e-markets business for Bridge Information Systems and, after two years as CEO of Prebon Energy, spent ten years at ICAP, rising to CEO of electronic broking, the business that included trading platform acquisitions BrokerTec Global and EBS. “I’ve always been pushing technology innovation,” says the 53-year-old. Reflecting Rutter’s enthusiasm for what New York–based R3 is pursuing, the company states on its website that distributed ledger technology could “change financial services as profoundly as the Internet changed media and entertainment.” Rutter says: “There has never been such a transformative technology for finance. This will change the way transactions are recorded forever.” Co-founded in 2014 by Rutter, CFO and former Sandler O’Neill + Partners investment banker Jesse Edwards and COO and ex–Standard Chartered executive Todd McDonald, R3 announced the blockchain consortium last September. Barclays, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group were in the initial group of nine. An additional 13, including Bank of America Corp., Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, had joined by month’s end, another 22 by December and 11 more as of late June. “A good way to think about it is that we’re pushing financial data into the cloud in a cryptographically secure way,” Rutter says. “If you are going to transform the way payments are made or securities are issued or settled, you can’t have a couple firms on the ledger. It requires a broader adoption from the start.”

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The 2016 Tech 50

1. Catherine
Bank of America Corp.
2. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
3. Lance Uggla
4. Phupinder Gill
CME Group
5. Shawn Edwards and Vlad Kliatchko
6. R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
7. Robert Goldstein
8. Adena Friedman
9. Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
10. Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
11. Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
12. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
13. Michael Spencer
14. Michael Bodson
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.
15. Charles Li
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
16. Chris Concannon
BATS Global Markets
17. Blythe Masters
Digital Asset Holdings
18. David Rutter
19. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw & Co.
20. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
21. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
22. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
23. Robert Alexander
Capital One Financial Corp.
24. Brad Katsuyama
IEX Group
25. Antoine Shagoury
State Street Corp.
26. David Gledhill
DBS Bank
27. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
28. Andreas Preuss
Deutsche BÖrse
29. Dan Schulman
PayPal Holdings
30. Scott Dillon
Wells Fargo & Co.
31. Mike Chinn
S&P Global Market Intelligence
32. Craig Donohue
Options Clearing Corp.
33. Gary Norcross
Fidelity National Information Services
34. Steven O'Hanlon
35. Sebastián Ceria
36. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
37. Tyler Kim
38. Neal Pawar
AQR Capital Management
39. David Harding
Winton Capital Management
40. Chris Corrado
London Stock Exchange Group
41. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives
42. Jim Minnick
43. Stephane Dubois
44. Mazy Dar
45. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America
46. Kim Fournais
Saxo Bank
47. Jock Percy
48. Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions
49. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software
50. Pieter van der Does

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