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The 2015 Tech 50: Robert Alexander

The Capital One CIO moves up to No. 24 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

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Robert Alexander
Chief Information Officer
Capital One
Financial Corp.

As Capital One Financial Corp. aims to solidify brand loyalty on the platforms of its customers’ choosing, the mobile channel is job No. 1 for chief information officer Robert Alexander. “Mobile is a huge megatrend with consumers,” he says. “There’s tremendous potential for mobile to be the bank in your pocket.” Delivering on that promise requires an impeccable user experience, for which Apple is widely regarded as the standard-setter. To play in that league, Alexander took the lead last fall in closing Capital One’s acquisition of pioneering San Francisco design firm Adaptive Path, which counted Airbnb, Flickr and Twitter among its clients. Now it is part of the McLean, Virginia–based bank’s design and innovation group. “We align [Adaptive Path] with all our projects — how we design digital experiences,” says the 50-year-old Alexander. Examples are online sites and apps like Auto Navigator, touted as a reinvention of car shopping, and Credit Tracker, for monitoring credit scores. Also available, in a beta test phase, is Capital One Mobile 5, the $306 billion-in-assets bank’s latest app for all-accounts access, remote depositing, bill paying, person-to-person payments and more. Meanwhile, Capital One’s 6,000 technologists are focused on analyzing and leveraging data collected in real time, says Alexander, a former U.S. Air Force officer and Bain & Co. consultant who joined the company in 1998 and has been CIO since 2007. He relies heavily on, and avidly contributes to, the open-source movement for most software development. Noting that the bank is hiring data scientists and software engineers by the hundreds, Alexander adds, “It’s all about speed to innovate.”

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The 2015 Tech 50

1. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
2. Catherine Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
3. Phupinder Gill
CME Group
4. Lance Uggla
Markit
5. Robert Goldstein
BlackRock
6. Shawn Edwards &
Vlad Kliatchko
Bloomberg
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
ICAP
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
Citadel
28. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
29. Claude Honegger
Credit Suisse
30. Chris Corrado
MSCI
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
eVestment
39. Lars Seier Christensen & Kim Fournais
40. Tyler Kim
MaplesFS
41. Jim McGuire
Charles Schwab Corp.
42. Steven O'Hanlon
Numerix
43. Sebastián Ceria
Axioma
44. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America
45. Stephane Dubois
Xignite
46. Mazy Dar
OpenFin
47. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software
48. Mas Nakachi
OpenGamma
49. John Lehner
BNY Mellon Technology Solutions Group
50. Jock Percy
Perseus

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