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The 2015 Tech 50: Michael Cooper

The CTO of BT Radianz debuts at No. 33 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

Michael Cooper
Chief Technology Officer
BT Radianz

Cloud computing has been all the rage for five or six years; by now it is less a buzzword than a mainstream component of system architectures. However, the computing utility or shared infrastructure concept had earlier incarnations, one example being Radianz, a cloud in all but name when it began life 15 years ago as a Reuters Group affiliate. Acquired by the U.K.’s BT Group in 2005, what is now BT Radianz has bridged the pre- and postcloud eras to become a critical communications backbone for the financial industry and “more than just a service provider,” says Michael Cooper, CTO of the unit and of the financial technology services group within BT Global Banking and Financial Markets. Telecommunications is the core business of £17.9 billion-in-revenue ($27.3 billion) BT, but with thousands of financial market participants and more than 400 application and service providers on Radianz — a who’s who of brokerages, data companies, order and execution management systems and trading venues — the specialized network occupies a neutral ground that brings credibility to its dealings with clients. “We not only support their plans and strategies, we also can offer insight into where the market structure is going, how regulations are evolving and how people should respond to them,” explains Cooper, 52, who after joining the original Radianz team in 2001 headed up customer solutions, created a business technology group for BT Global Financial Services and became CTO in 2010. “Arguably, we take friction out of the market by virtue of our ubiquity.” Although cloud technology “lowers barriers to entry and achieving scale,” Cooper notes, there is a downside: The same benefits can be exploited by hackers. He cochairs one of the industry committees trying to stay a step ahead of such threats, the FIX Trading Community Cyber Security Working Group.

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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