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The 2014 Tech 50: Ron Levi

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Ron Levi
Chief OperatingOfficer
GFI Group

The interdealer brokerage’s lot is not all that happy these days. Like rivals such as ICAP (see Michael Spencer, No. 14), GFI Group faces an unsettled regulatory environment and volume and volatility trends that have constrained income from many over-the-counter products. Although New York–based GFI’s total first-quarter revenue was off a slight 1.5 percent year-over-year, to $241 million, April was down 8 percent. “We just have to cope,” says Ron Levi. Still, the 51-year-old COO notes, “all we do is innovate, innovate, innovate.” That story is written across an ever-expanding catalogue of products and services developed on in-house technology, from the 2003 launch of CreditMatch to the 2013 formation of swaps execution facility GFI Swaps Exchange. Half of first-quarter Americas fixed-income product revenue came from electronic matching. What’s more, technology sales are strong: Software, analytics and market data revenue grew 16 percent in the first quarter, to $26 million; the Trayport trading systems unit was up 19 percent. “Running a technology company is not new to us,” says Levi, who joined GFI in 1993, became COO in 2006 and engineered the Trayport acquisition in 2008. Now he is selling GFI platforms to major banks. HSBC Holdings became the first “white label” user last year, and others are knocking on GFI’s door as they consider cost-effective approaches for single-dealer fixed-income businesses.

The 2014 Tech 50

1
1
3
4
5
Thomas Secunda
Bloomberg
Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
Catherine Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
Lance Uggla
Markit
6
7
8
9
10
Robert Goldstein
BlackRock
David Craig
Thomson Reuters
Phupinder Gill
CME Group
Anna Ewing
NASDAQ
OMX Group
R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
11
12
13
14
15
Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
Dan Mathisson
Credit Suisse
Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
Michael Spencer
ICAP
Michael Bodson
Depository Trust &
Clearing Corp.
16
17
18
19
20
Joe Ratterman
BATS Global Markets
Dominique Cerutti
Euronext
Ron Levi
GFI Group
Gaurav Suri
D.E. Shaw Group
Charles Li
Hong Kong
Exchanges and
Clearing
21
22
23
24
25
Lou Eccleston
S&P Capital IQ
Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
Antoine
Shagoury

London Stock
Exchange Group
26
27
28
29
30
Christopher
Perretta

State Street Corp.
Kevin Rhein
Wells Fargo & Co.
Peter Carr
Morgan Stanley
Hauke Stars
Deutsche Börse
Robert Alexander
Capital One
Financial Corp.
31
32
33
34
35
David Gershon
SuperDerivatives
Chris Corrado
MSCI
Joseph Squeri
Citadel
Tanuja Randery
BT Global Services
John Bates
Software AG
36
37
38
39
40
Gary Scholten
Principal Financial Group
David Gledhill
DBS Bank
Simon Garland
Kx Systems
Cristóbal Conde
FinTech Innovation Lab
Jeff Parker
EidoSearch
41
42
43
44
45
Kim Fournais &
Lars Seier Christensen

Saxo Bank
Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
Tyler Kim
MaplesFS
Jim McGuire
Charles Schwab Corp.
Jim Minnick
eVestment
46
47
48
49
50
Steven O’Hanlon
Numerix
Sebastián Ceria
Axioma
Yasuki Okai
Nomura Research Institute
Niki Beattie
Market Structure Partners
Mas Nakachi
OpenGamma

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