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The 2017 Trading Tech 40: Glenn Lesko

< Wall Street's Nerds: The World's Most Powerful Trading Executives6. Glenn LeskoPresident and Chief Executive OfficerBloomberg TradebookPNR

Before taking the helm of Bloomberg Tradebook in 2015, Glenn Lesko held senior positions at another leading agency brokerage, Instinet, where he started as CEO of Instinet Asia in 2006 and later became head of Americas equities. The 48-year-old says that what sets Tradebook apart from its competitors is, well, Bloomberg and its formidable data and technology assets. Part of the strategic advantage for Tradebook, which handles equity, options, and futures trading on more than 125 liquidity venues for a wide range of institutional clients, is "finding ways to maximize our unique strengths as an organization," Lesko says. These include "data and analytics capabilities like no one else has," along with extensive market and network connectivity and the "agency ethos" of acting independently and in clients' best interests. (Raymond Tierney III, No. 1 last year, was formerly CEO of Bloomberg Tradebook and is currently global head of Bloomberg's broker-dealer and sell-side trading solutions business.)

Lesko points to such examples of Tradebook innovations as Strategy Analyzer, or STAZ, a pretrade tool that has been enhanced with "in-trade" analytics to adjust to market conditions as they occur and choose algorithms accordingly; an agency request-for-quote platform for anonymous block trading of exchange-traded funds; the PAIR algorithm for statistical arbitrage and price improvement; and, announced on March 6, the analytics-driven OPTX best-execution approach that responds dynamically to real-time data and changing market conditions. "Bloomberg Tradebook has more than 20 years of best-execution experience," Lesko says. "We are thinking about how to continue to accomplish that over the next 20 years."


 The 2017 Trading Tech 40Click below to view profiles
1. Richard PragerBlackRock2. Chris IsaacsonBats Global Markets3. Bradley PetersonNasdaq4. Brad LevyMarkitSERV5. Dan KeeganCiti
6. Glenn LeskoBloomberg Tradebook7. Bryan DurkinCME Group8. Mayur KapaniIntercontinental Exchange9. Mike BlumKCG Holdings10. Raj MahajanGoldman Sachs Group
11. Ronald DePoaloFidelity Institutional12. Nick ThemelisMarketAxess Holdings13. Jenny KnottNEX Optimisation14. Billy HultTradeweb Markets15. Rob ParkIEX Group
16. Bill Chow & Richard LeungHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing17. John Mackay (Mack) GillMillenniumIT18. Paul HamillCitadel Securities19. Eric NollConvergex20. Veronica AugustssonCinnober Financial Technology
21. Tyler Moeller & Joshua WalskyBroadway Technology22. Alasdair HaynesAquis Exchange23. Gaurav SuriArcesium24. Manoj NarangMana Partners25. Michael Chin & Neill PenneyThomson Reuters
26. Robert SloanS3 Partners27. Anton Katz & Stephen MockAQR Capital Management28. Donal ByrneCorvil29. Stu TaylorAlgomi30. Alfred EskandarPortware
31. Steven RandichFinancial Industry Regulatory Authority32. R. Cromwell CoulsonOTC Markets Group33. Peter MaragosDash Financial34. John FawcettQuantopian35. Donald
Ross III
PDQ Enterprises
36. Jennifer NayarVela Trading Technologies37. Dan RajuTradier38. Susan EstesOpenDoor Trading39. David MercerLMAX Exchange40. Oki MatsumotoMonex Group