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The 2016 Trading Technology 40: Bradley Peterson

No. 5 Bradley Peterson, Chief Information Officer, Nasdaq

Bradley Peterson
Chief Information Officer
Last year: 7

In December, Nasdaq pushed to the front of the race to commercialize the blockchain with the completion of a transaction using its Nasdaq Linq distributed ledger. The New York–based exchange operator deployed the technology — built in partnership with San Francisco–based Chain — on Nasdaq Private Market, which allows private companies to raise capital and manage secondary transactions. “The existing system was predominantly paper and spreadsheets,” says chief information officer Bradley Peterson. The lack of legacy software “allows us to iterate and move quickly, and we see a growing need in that area because of the number of high-quality companies that are remaining private, like Uber and Pinterest.” Nasdaq bolstered Private Market, launched in 2014, with the October acquisition of competitor SecondMarket Solutions. Looking beyond the first transaction, Peterson, 56, envisions blockchain as a boon for settling public market transactions. “Our systems have been optimized to be able to trade within microseconds, but then the full transfer of ownership can take three days,” says Peterson, who was CIO at Charles Schwab Corp. before moving into the Nasdaq job in 2013. “We think [settlement time] could be greatly reduced, which would free up a lot of capital in the system.” Currently planning a blockchain clearing-­and-settlement initiative with one of its customers, Nasdaq also is experimenting with a proxy voting application in Estonia. Along more-conventional lines of expansion, Nasdaq in December acquired the Chi-X Canada alternative trading system from New York–based Chi-X Global and scored an extensive market technology deal with Borsa Istanbul that starts with equities and later will include other asset classes. “You can run multiple asset classes on many of our platforms,” Peterson notes. Cybersecurity continues to be a concern and “an area of increased investment,” the CIO adds. “I’m optimistic because a lot of companies are coming up with solutions that will give us much better protection against those trying to capitalize on today’s weaknesses.”

2016 Trading Technology 40

1. Raymond Tierney III
2. Richard Prager
3. Chris Isaacson
BATS Global Markets
4. Jonathan Ross
KCG Holdings
5. Bradley Peterson
6. Brad Levy
7. Dan Keegan
8. Ronald DePoalo
Fidelity Institutional
9. Raj Mahajan
Goldman Sachs Group
10. Ari Studnitzer
CME Group
11. Mayur Kapani
Intercontinental Exchange
12. Gerald O’Connell
CBOE Holdings
13. Nicholas Themelis
MarketAxess Holdings
14. Gil Mandelzis
EBS BrokerTec (ICAP)
15. Bill Chow and Richard Leung
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
16. Rob Park
IEX Group
17. Philip Weisberg
Thomson Reuters
18. John Mackay (Mack) Gill
19. Robert Cornish
International Securities Exchange
20. Paul Hamill
Citadel Securities
21. Eric Noll
22. Tyler Moeller and Joshua Walsky
Broadway Technology
23. Rishi Nangalia
REDI Holdings
24. Veronica Augustsson
Cinnober Financial Technology
25. Alasdair Haynes
Aquis Exchange
26. Manoj Narang
Mana Partners
27. Gaurav Suri
28. Robert Sloan
S3 Partners
29. Anton Katz and Stephen Mock
AQR Capital Mgmt
30. Stu Taylor
31. D. Keith Ross Jr.
PDQ Enterprises
32. Donal Byrne
33. Alfred Eskandar
34. R. Cromwell Coulson
OTC Markets Group
35. Masayuki Hosaka
36. Peter Maragos and David Karat
Dash Financial
37. Amar Kuchinad
38. Jennifer Nayar
SR Labs
39. Dave Snowdon
40. Dan Raju

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