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 Yorkbased 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 Exchanges 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 were down to days or weeks to get changes out to a client, Nayar observes. Now that Im in the drivers seat, and coming from a market-data background, Im very keen to see used all of the data we have here at our fingertips.
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