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The 2015 Tech 50: Daniel Coleman

The KCG Holdings CEO jumps to No. 12 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

Daniel Coleman
Chief Executive Officer
KCG Holdings

When KCG Holdings was looking for a new CFO last year, CEO Daniel Coleman knew the high-tech brokerage had found its guy in financial software entrepreneur Steffen Parratt. “He had worked at Merrill Lynch and Citigroup, but it was the fact that he had written software and deployed it, and got other people to do it with the exact purpose of making the financial departments more efficient, that hit home for me when I interviewed him,” says Coleman, who has presided over Jersey City, New Jersey–based KCG since it was created by the July 2013 merger of his company, Chicago-based high frequency trading pioneer Getco, and broker-dealer Knight Capital Group. Fully half of KCG’s 12-person management team has engineering, math or computer science backgrounds and can write code. “It’s very important for us to have technologically literate people throughout the firm because we’re trying to leverage technology in everything we do,” says Coleman, who has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and turns 51 in August. Like many of its competitors, KCG saw a slight drop in market-making revenue during the first quarter from the last three months of 2014, as U.S. equity-trading volumes fell, but its global execution services business enjoyed a one-time gain on the “opportunistic sale” in March of its Hotspot electronic foreign exchange platform to BATS Global Markets for $365 million in cash. Following the sale — the proceeds of which KCG is using to buy back shares in a modified Dutch auction — KCG has approximately 1,000 employees and makes markets and operates electronic trading venues in equities, fixed income and forex around the world. Among its latest initiatives is New Line Networks, a joint venture with World Class Wireless using microwave technology to connect major global market centers at lightning speeds.

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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