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The 2015 Tech 50: Shawn Edwards and Vlad Kliatchko

Bloomberg’s CTO Shawn Edwards and global head of research and development Vlad Kliatchko share the No. 6 spot on this year’s Tech 50.

Shawn Edwards & Vlad Kliatchko
Chief Technology Officer & Global Head of Research and Development

After retaking the helm of the financial information empire that he founded in 1981, Michael Bloomberg formed an executive committee consisting of himself; Peter Grauer, the company’s chairman since Bloomberg’s first run for New York City mayor, in 2001; and co-founder and longtime global head of financial products and services Thomas Secunda (No. 1 the past three years). It is to them that CTO Shawn Edwards and global head of R&D Vlad Kliatchko report. They are both 46-year-old, 12-year Bloomberg veterans who fit the mold of a collaborative, agile, open-plan-office culture and finish each other’s sentences, though in different accents. The Russian-born Kliatchko has mathematics and computer science degrees from St. Petersburg State University; as head of R&D since 2012, he oversees the bulk of Bloomberg’s 4,000-plus technologists, who are dispersed globally, including in a San Francisco space that opened in May. “Ability to find talent is the only constraint” to adding staff faster, Kliatchko says. Edwards, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University and headed R&D before the CTO office was formed in 2008, runs smaller teams focused on “advanced, exciting, forward-looking opportunities,” lately on the analytics frontier in machine learning and natural language processing. Their division of labor is “a traditional CIO/CTO split,” Edwards explains, but is “highly fluid,” as are movements of people between their teams. “Technology leadership is part of the culture,” Kliatchko says, as it has been since Bloomberg invented early network protocols and other systems that couldn’t be bought off the shelf. Today the company — even as it prototypes keyboard designs with 3-D printers — blends in-house innovation with participation in such open-source communities as Linux, OpenStack and Solr. “That’s a big change in our profile the past several years,” says Edwards. Secunda calls Edwards and Kliatchko "great technologists" and stresses "they are leading a team of more than 4,000 great technologists who epitomize our culture of constant innovation."

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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