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The 2015 Tech 50: Yasuki Okai

The Nomura Research Institute Holdings president jumps to No. 44 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America

Close ties to the Japanese market, and particularly to the financial industry as it has coped with difficult economic cycles and capital constraints, set Nomura Research Institute apart from other systems integration and consulting firms. Launched a half century ago within Nomura Securities International, the now-independent, ¥406 billion ($3.4 billion)-in-revenue NRI was never insular — a predecessor company opened a New York office as early as 1967, and it operates in a growing number of Asian and European locations. Still, much of its reputation rests on a domestic foundation, including two long-standing client relationships (Nomura Holdings and retailer Seven & i Holdings) and support of bank and capital market infrastructure. Since the late 1980s, Yasuki Okai has had much to do with the latter: More than 60 percent of Tokyo Stock Exchange transactions, for example, run through the company’s Star and i-Star back-office systems. Tokyo-based NRI designed Japan’s national “My Number” social security identification system that goes into effect early next year and has helped 150 financial institutions prepare for it. In June, NRI announced a data management framework for compliance with Basel Committee on Banking Supervision principles for risk data aggregation and reporting. “With investment of $35 million in research and development for fiscal year ending March 2015, we keep on leading the industry,” says Okai. Until recently, as head of financial technology solutions, the 52-year-old spearheaded posttrade and other outsourcing initiatives to ease financial firms’ cost burdens. In June, Okai became president of NRI Holdings America in New York, leading a charge to “focus our efforts on robust global expansion,” says chairman, president and CEO Tadashi Shimamoto. Acquisitions are part of the plan; in April, NRI Holdings America bought Plano, Texas–based customer relationship management and loyalty systems company Brierley+Partners.

See the full story, “The 2015 Tech 50: Racers to the Edge.”

The 2015 Tech 50

1. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
2. Catherine Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
3. Phupinder Gill
CME Group
4. Lance Uggla
5. Robert Goldstein
6. Shawn Edwards &
Vlad Kliatchko
7. R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
8. Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
9. Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
10. Adena Friedman
Nasdaq OMX Group
11. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
12. Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
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. Christopher Perretta
State Street Corp.
18. Antoine Shagoury
London Stock Exchange Group
19. Kevin Rhein
Wells Fargo & Co.
20. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw & Co.
21. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
22. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
23. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
24. Robert Alexander
Capital One Financial Corp.
25. Frank Bisignano
First Data Corp.
26. John Marcante
Vanguard Group
27. Joseph Squeri
28. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
29. Claude Honegger
Credit Suisse
30. Chris Corrado
31. David Gledhill
DBS Bank
32. John Bates
Software AG
33. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
34. Gary Scholten
Principal Financial Group
35. Sunil Hirani
trueEX Group
36. Hauke Stars
Deutsche BÖrse
37. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives
38. Jim Minnick
39. Lars Seier Christensen & Kim Fournais
40. Tyler Kim
41. Jim McGuire
Charles Schwab Corp.
42. Steven O'Hanlon
43. Sebastián Ceria
44. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America
45. Stephane Dubois
46. Mazy Dar
47. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software
48. Mas Nakachi
49. John Lehner
BNY Mellon Technology Solutions Group
50. Jock Percy

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