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The 2016 Tech 50: David Craig

The president of financial and risk at Thomson Reuters moves to No. 12 from No. 11 on the Tech 50 ranking.

David Craig
President, Financial & Risk
Thomson Reuters

At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January, David Craig’s business card was a conversation piece: Printed on it is a bar code that when scanned displays his Thomson Reuters Permanent Identifier, or PermID. The New York–based media and information company has created some 200 million such codes for people, legal entities and securities in a drive to automate and secure identification processes in an increasingly digital marketplace. One area where strong identification is currently lacking is the blockchain, which was designed to protect anonymity. “We believe that transactions cannot be anonymous in a trusted world,” says Craig, 46, president of Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk, which accounts for half of the corporation’s $12.2 billion in annual revenue. “While you might not want the market to know who your counterparty is, you need to know.” PermID is being offered to various blockchain and federated-identity initiatives, and is being rolled out on World-Check, Thomson Reuters’ anti-money-laundering and know-your-customer compliance service. Financial & Risk, the unit Craig has headed since 2011 — three years after Thomson Corp.’s $17 billion acquisition of Reuters Group — has consolidated more than 850 products into some 150 offerings on three flagship platforms: the Eikon desktop, Elektron for data and trading applications, and Accelus for governance, risk and compliance. “We’ve moved from product to platform, which for us is about a business model, not just a technology play,” Craig explains. Under the open platform model, third-party developers and clients can create applications and integrate them into their Eikon terminals. The App Studio, launched in October, is generating a regular flow of new programs from independent software developers in what amounts to an expanding ecosystem for innovation. “I really admire these fintech companies that I spend a lot of time with,” Craig says. “Five men and women in a garage can do a lot at the moment.”

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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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