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The 2014 Tech 50: Jeffrey Sprecher

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Jeffrey Sprecher
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Intercontinental
Exchange

It was only 14 years ago that Jeffrey Sprecher started Atlanta-based Intercontinental­ Exchange, after purchasing a regional marketplace, Continental Power Exchange, in 1997. He set out to expand aggressively through acquisitions and deployment of electronic trading technology — strategic pillars that remain firmly in place following the climactic ICE–NYSE Euronext merger last November. As chairman and CEO of Intercontinental­ Exchange, Sprecher, 59, rules a global empire of 17 regulated exchanges and six clearinghouses. Nowhere are his moves being watched with more anticipation than in New York, as he blends ICE’s lean, highly automated approach with the mustier culture of NYSE and its iconic trading floor. In May he installed former ICE senior vice president Thomas Farley as president of NYSE Group and successor to departing CEO Duncan Niederauer. “Our timing in terms of the acquisition has been somewhat prophetic, as leadership for change around trading can come from the NYSE,” Sprecher says. “It is the mother ship that the industry is willing to rally around.”

ICE has extended its long profit-making streak into the new era: In the first quarter of this year, it earned a record $262 million on $932 million in revenue. But ICE isn’t immune to the downward trends affecting its peers. Average daily volume overall fell 15 percent in May, compared with a year earlier; commodity futures and options were off 23 percent; NYSE cash equities fell 13 percent. Cash equities were unchanged at the Euro­next exchanges, which are leaving the fold (see Dominique Cerutti, No. 17) and which Sprecher believes “will be better standing alone because the European capital markets that they serve are very local markets.” In February, ICE acquired Singapore Mercantile Exchange as its first foothold in Asia, where economic expansion has resulted in “more risks that have to be hedged,” Sprecher says. “So the customer base is growing.”

The 2014 Tech 50

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Thomas Secunda
Bloomberg
Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
Catherine Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
Lance Uggla
Markit
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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.
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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
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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.
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33
34
35
David Gershon
SuperDerivatives
Chris Corrado
MSCI
Joseph Squeri
Citadel
Tanuja Randery
BT Global Services
John Bates
Software AG
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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
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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
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47
48
49
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Steven O’Hanlon
Numerix
Sebastián Ceria
Axioma
Yasuki Okai
Nomura Research Institute
Niki Beattie
Market Structure Partners
Mas Nakachi
OpenGamma

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